Bagpiper To Play At Mock Funeral For Z Train

New York City transit advocates are planning to hold a mock funeral for a subway line that could be eliminated under proposed budget cuts.

A bagpiper is expected to join members of the Straphangers Campaign on Thursday as they place a memorial wreath for the Z line at the Fulton-Broadway-Nassau station in Manhattan.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing to eliminate the subway line as part of an effort to combat a billion-dollar-plus budget deficit for 2009. It has also said it would substantially raise fares.

More than 300 people crowded showed up at the Hilton New York Hotel for a public hearing Wednesday night held to talk about the proposals.

Members of the crowd protested the fare increases, especially a plan to double fares paid by Access-A-Ride disabled riders.

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