NEW YORK (WPIX)—Several protests were staged around the city Tuesday in response to the possibility of sweeping service cuts to several subways and bus lines.
The Metropolitan Transportation Agency finance committee approved wide-ranging service reductions on Monday, which are said to include the elimination of the W and Z subway lines and the cancellation of more than 20 bus lines.
Also on the chopping block, the elimination of discounted student fares. Officials have said the cuts will be similar to those proposed in the "doomsday budget" the authority had proposed before the state bailout.
Parents and students alike are outraged over the news. Many of them gathered for a protest outside of William Maxwell High School in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
"We already have a hard ship now in terms of a recession," one concerned parent told PIX News. "Kids will drop out of school, they won't come to school...crime will go up. Parents will have to choose whether to put food on their table or send their kids to school."
Shytia Green, a student at the Brooklyn school, said her parents are taking the news very hard.
"It's just crazy they want to cut out MetroCards," she said. "We have to pay for it and all of that...because our parents will not give us money everyday to buy MetroCards."
The service cuts are being implemented in order to close a $400 million budget gap.
Those who take the Long Island Rail Road are bearing 10 percent of the reductions while Metro-North riders are only affected by 5 percent.
The complete board will vote on the budget Wednesday. Public hearings will be held on the cuts which would likely take place in July.