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MTA: Reduction in Service If Rescue Plan Not Approved

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reaffirming its pledge to eliminate several bus lines, and the W and Z trains and hike fares as much as 30 percent, if New York Senate Democrats don't get behind a financial rescue plan by March 25th. That's when the MTA's board meets next.

"I continue to hope, I'm sure along with all of you, that Albany will act in time," says MTA Board Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger.

Hemmerdinger spoke today at an emergency board meeting. Some members expressed frustration that a handful of Democratic Senators could derail a rescue plan that includes a new payroll tax, and tolls on now-free bridges across the East and Harlem Rivers. The plan has the support of the governor and the State Assembly.

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