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* MTA Votes to Raise Fares and Cut Service *

The MTA is proposing to raise fares and cut service. The yearly cost of 7-day MetroCards, for example, would go up at least $150 - about the same impact on riders as a 30-cent fare hike! The 30-day MetroCard could go as high as $84. And what do we get in exchange? The MTA plans to slash bus service, close 164 station booths and remove conductors from two subway lines.

PROTEST!
Sign up to attend
the "Stop the Pataki Fare Hike!" Protest and news conference
Fares just went up last year. And riders already pay a higher share of the costs of running the subways and buses than riders on any other system in the country.

Why all the pressure to raise fares and cut service? Because Governor Pataki has forced the MTA to rely heavily on borrowing backed by its operating budget to rebuild the transit system. As a result, the MTA now faces a huge bill. Mayor Bloomberg has also cut rebuilding funds.

The MTA is also proposing a new $27.6 billion five-year rebuilding program to buy new subway cars and buses, rehabilitate stations, replace aging infrastructure to make the system more reliable and safer, and build a Second Avenue Subway. The fate of this vital program is very uncertain.

Speak Up for Transit and Take Action Today!

Here's what you can do:

  1. Sign up to attend the "Stop the Pataki Fare Hike!" Protest
    Tuesday, December 14 at 5:30 pm
    In front of the Governor Pataki’s office at 633 Third Avenue between 40th & 41st Streets (Closest subway: Grand Central)
     
  2. CALL MAYOR BLOOMBERG and GOVERNOR PATAKI
    TELL THEM TO BLOCK A FARE HIKE AND SERVICE CUTS and FUND TRANSIT REPAIRS
    Mayor Bloomberg: 311
    Governor Pataki: 212-681-4580
     
  3. Volunteer
     
  4. Sign up for e-alerts
     
  5. Sign Petition
     
  6. Attend / Testify at Public Hearings
     
  7. File your comments online with the MTA
     
  8. Chat with other riders
     
  9. Support Straphangers

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