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MTA holds public hearing on bus, subway fare hikes

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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012 4:31 pm | Updated: 5:15 pm, Thu Nov 15, 2012.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host a public hearing in Queens on Thursday night, Nov. 15, to take input on four proposed fare hike schedules for public transportation in the city.

The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. in the ballroom at the Sheraton LaGuardia East  Hotel at 135-20 39th Ave. in Flushing.

People wishing to speak will be able to sign up until 8 p.m.

Two of the proposals would increase bus and subway fares a quarter to $2.50 per ride.

Others would maintain the current $2.25 fare but would reduce or eliminate the bonus for filling a MetroCard with $10 or more.

Those proposals also would increase the cost of weekly MetroCards from $29 to $30, while a $30-day unlimited card would go from $104 to $112.

Tolls would increase $1 each way on the RFK-Triborough, Throgs Neck, Whitestone and Verrazano-Narrows bridges.

The increases will go into effect in March 2013 as the MTA seeks to increase revenue by $450 million next year.

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