The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host a series of nine hearings throughout the MTA’s service territory beginning on Monday to collect public comment on a series of proposals for service changes and changes to student fares and crossing charges. These changes would help to close a $750 million budget shortfall due to State funding cuts and loss of tax revenue.
“We’ve had to make tough choices to reduce our cost structure,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. “But we also have had to look at service cuts. I know that service changes are painful, and we’ve sought every way we can to minimize impact on our customers. We encourage everyone to participate in our public hearings."
Members of the public can learn more details about the proposed service changes, and the methodology used to identify which cuts to propose, by visiting the MTA’s website at mta.info, and clicking on the Public Hearings icon on the lower left portion of the homepage.
All hearings begin at 6 p.m., Registration to speak will close at 9 p.m. The hearings will be held at the following dates and locations (transit and driving directions can be found on the MTA’s website):