Angry New Yorker

Friday, October 15, 2004
Investigate the MTA!!!! Call your councilperson, the governor, and Attorney General Spitzer's office to immediately launch an investigation into the MTA. Why? This is why... reports that:

"MTA Considering Raising Transit Fares, Tolls To Close Budget Gap"
OCTOBER 15TH, 2004

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's subway and bus fare and toll hike proposals are still on the table, and could make their way to commuters by next year.

The agency met Friday to discuss several ideas on how to close its multi-million dollar budget gap. Among the proposals are increasing the one-way express bus fare from $4 to $6[ed note - that's a 50% price hike], raising the 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard from $70 to as much as $84, and hiking the price of the 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard from $21 to $24.

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In addition, the MTA wants to close 164 subway station booths and related turnstiles.

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Tolls on the major bridge and tunnel crossings operated by the MTA would see a 50-cent toll hike to $4.50 [ed. note - that's a 12.5% hike for those who attended NYC public school]. Minor crossings would see a 25-cent increase to $2.25."
One word is appropriate in response: outrageous!!

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