NJ Transit Wants to Hike Fares, Cut Service

Riders get a chance to speak out about hikes, cuts

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    MAPLEWOOD, NJ - FEBRUARY 26: An NJ Transit rider descends from the station platform on February 26, 2010 in Maplewood, New Jersey.

    NJ Transit riders will get to address officials about proposed fare hikes and service cuts.

    The nation's third-largest commuter mass-transit system has scheduled public hearings in Newark, Paterson, Trenton and Manalapan Thursday.  See the full list of meetings and times.

    NJ Transit wants to raise bus and rail fares by 25 percent.  It also plans to eliminate 32 of 725 commuter trains and cut service on about 50 bus routes because of lower demand.

    Students, senior citizens and the disabled would still receive discounts.

    The changes are part of efforts to offset a $300 million budget shortfall. The agency also had its state subsidy cut by 11 percent.

    The new hikes come as New York's MTA on Wednesday approved massive service cuts -- eliminating two subway lines, calling for layoffs and slashing service.

    NJ Transit last raised fares by about 9 percent in 2007.

    The plan calls for most of the changes to take effect May 1.