The MTA is calling next month's move to eliminate and consolidate some of its committees as "effective" and "efficient," however, straphangers may have a different opinion.

According to documents released Wednesday, six MTA non-voting members who act as the voice of riders will be removed from the 10 committees that make up the board as part of the MTA shakeup.

This is a crucial loss for New Yorkers who fear that the MTA will turn to fare hikes and the elimination of free student metro cards to fill a $700 million hole. It is in committee when those those difficult decisions are made, compounding the loss for straphangers.

Next month the MTA will restructure or remove some committees, with those in charge of the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North being rolled into one.

The three separate divisions that are responsible for bus operation will become one. Nancy Shevell, an executive for a trucking company, will head the division -- a move that is reportedly being questioned by some.