Tuesday, January 6, 2009

MTA Public Hearing - Voice your opinion about local impacts!

The following is a public hearing notice regarding potential MTA fare hikes and service cuts. People should try to show up and make their voices heard. Some of the items on the table here directly impact this area, which is already lacking in transportation options.

Some of the proposed bus cuts for Brooklyn are:
Eliminate all service on the B23, 25, 37, 39, 51 and 75. Eliminate weekend service on B2, 4, 7, 16, 24, 48, 57, 65, 69, 71

The 71 and 75 are two of the 4 closest buses! The 65 is also quite close.

We rely on the MTA buses and subway to not only get to work and access other parts of the city, but also to bring people to our area and visit our great selection of local businesses, restaurants, nightlife, events, and activities. This is all hard enough even without the cuts and increased fares!

Have fun trying to get to the Brooklyn Museum and and Brooklyn Childrens Museums, etc. this summer with no B71 on weekends!

MTA Proposed Fare Increases

Public hearings on proposed changes in fares and crossing charges for the MTA will be held during the month of January and into early February. A variety of increases in fares and charges are proposed, projected as high as 23%. Subway and local bus fares may go as high as $3 for a single-ride and $105 for a monthly Metrocard. Service changes are also being put forth, including decreases in subway and bus service, as well as elimination of certain lines altogether.

The first hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the Hilton NY, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.

The Brooklyn hearing will be on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
393 Adams Street

The hearing begins at 6p and speaker registration closes at 9p.

Below is a link to the public hearing notice released by the MTA, complete with details on increases and service changes, as well as the full hearing schedule.

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