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Key dates announced by MTA in the doomesday budget

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Here the info from this morning(4/7/09) NY1 news about estimated dates (subject to change when the doomesday cuts will begin barring a last minute bailout from Albany.





















Dates for MTA Doomesday cuts to begin announced

NY1 News headlines April 7, 2009


As state lawmakers try to reach an agreement on how to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NY1 obtained Monday the transit agency's timeline for service cutbacks that begin in early summer.


The MTA is trying to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit, and its board approved a 23-percent base fare hike, which will increase the cost of a bus or subway ride from $2 to $2.50


The first service cuts will come on June 28, when 21 bus routes will be eliminated and weekend service on most lettered subway lines will be reduced, according to materials acquired by NY1.


On July 26, roving station agents and 29 token booths will be cut. Four subway stations will be closed overnight.


Cuts to express bus service will take effect on September 26.


On December 6, the proposed subway service cuts will take effect. The W and Z lines will be eliminated and the G and M lines will be shortened, while fewer trains will run in off-peak hours.


Some state politicians said Monday that they would like to work on a bipartisan agreement to help out the MTA.


"If there's certain things that we can work through with them, we'd like to do it," said State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, who said he spoke with his counterpart, Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.


In exchange for MTA help, Republican leaders are insisting on aid for roads. They also say that a payroll tax, a key funding source, would be ineffective.


Other Republican lawmakers, including Brooklyn Senator Martin Golden, could break away from the partisan ranks.


"We're willing to do what we have to do to make sure that there's no draconian increases to the people that use the MTA," said Golden.


Meanwhile, Governor David Paterson and the transit union blamed Republicans for the impasse.


"The Republican Party in New York is doing the same thing the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. did. They've just decided to block votes against everything."


Some Republicans found flaws in the governor's accusations.


"I think it's odd for the governor to blame Republicans when the Democrats, who control what comes onto the floor, have not put anything on the floor for a vote," said Republican Staten Island Senator Andrew Lanza. "I'd love to vote one way or another on a plan."


The MTA Board approved its so-called "doomsday budget," which included the cuts and fare hikes, on March 25.


Dates of the cuts to begin.


May 31-Fare hike of subway/bus fares to $2.50

June 1-Fare hike up to 25% on LIRR/MNRR fares.


Sunday, June 28-The end of 22 NYCT local bus routes citywide.

Also the ending of weekend service on several other bus lines.


Sunday June 28-Increase of waiting times of up to 10 minutes on all weekend subway service except for the #1, #2 #4 #6 #7 'E" and "L" lines.


Sunday Sept. 26-Express bus service cut including the end of weekend X-27/28 and permanet end of the X25, X32 BXm7b(City Island)and Qm21/22 services.


Sunday Dec. 6-Shortened "G"(full time service between Court Sq and Church Ave)


Monday Dec.7-The end of "Z" and "W" lines. "M" rush hour extension to/from Bay Parkway also comes to an end.:tdown::mad:


Source. http://ny1.com/content/top_stories/96904/details-emerge-about-mta-service-cuts-timeline/Default.aspx






c)2009 NY1 News, Inc.


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What the hell rats got to (MTA) doomesday budget? Ya'll want to know why threads close left and right.


I so agree with you Curt. You spoke the truth.

Apparently the turnstiles are now programmed to the fare hike. So they are ready for D-Day. Ready to steal some cash off of us.

I hope there's a grace period. Start stocking up on 30 day cards or whatnot!

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Insight? I don't want to talk about politics too much or I am on the way to getting banned since I am a guy who talks politics very strongly.


The thread is about (MTA) Doomesday not politics.....if you want to talk about politics make a thread about it. Now move on!

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