HANNON OPPOSES MTA/LIRR FARE HIKE PROPOSALS
MTA Calls for Nearly 10% Increase in LIRR Ticket Prices
“In the latest MTA proposal to hike prices across the board, the MTA has once again socked it to LIRR commuters, proposing increases in the monthly LIRR commutation ticket by almost 10%,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Despite overall increases that seek to increase fare and toll revenue for the MTA by 7.5%, LIRR ticket prices could jump by more than 9% for many riders. What happened to the $46 million cash surplus the MTA just reported? And why are they adding 230 new trains to MetroNorth while restoring only one daily train to the LIRR? ”
The MTA unveiled several differing proposals on October 15, all seeking to raise prices on all MTA-run ventures, from New York City’s buses and subways, to bridges and tunnels, to the LIRR, and LIRR riders will again see massive hikes under their latest plan. Public hearings on the proposal are scheduled for next month, after which the MTA board will vote on the plan in December.
“Long Islanders remain at the mercy of the MTA’s spendthrift ways,” said Hannon. “Ridership is increasing, yet fare and toll hikes continue to outpace inflation, placing a tremendous burden on working Long Islanders. They need to look harder at cost-cutting measures, particularly overtime pay and executive compensation.”