Serino: Area dis­cus­sion sought on MTA fare plan

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

State Sen. Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, is crit­i­ciz­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity for fail­ing to pro­vide Dutchess and Put­nam Coun­ties with a chance to be heard on their pro­posed fare hike plan and urged them to hold a hear­ing lo­cally on the is­sue.

The MTA re­cently an­nounced a set of pub­lic hear­ings to air its new­est fare hike plan with lo­ca­tions be­ing set in each of the five bor­oughs, Long Is­land, Westch­ester and Rock­land Coun­ties. The sched­ule leaves out Dutchess, Put­nam and Orange.

The MTA ex­pects to raise fares in March by no more than 3.75 per­cent for reg­u­lar com­muters and up to 4 per­cent for other rid­ers.

Serino urged lo­cal res­i­dents to sub­mit com­ments on­line at mta.info (http://mta-nyc.cus­thelp.com/app/hear­ings/com­ment/h_id/24) or by mail to MTA Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs, 20th Floor, 2 Broad­way, N.Y., N.Y. 1004.

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