NEW YORK (WPIX)—Beginning Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host a series of nine public hearings throughout the New York City, Long Island and Westchester County on their proposals to close a $750 million budget shortfall.
Among the MTA's proposals to save money are reducing service and eliminating the student MetroCard program.
"We've had to make tough choices to reduce our cost structure," said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder in a statement. "But we also have had to look at service cuts. I know that service changes are painful, and we've sought every way we can to minimize impact on our customers. We encourage everyone to participate in our public hearings."
The MTA says their budget gap is due to loss of tax revenue and New York State funding cuts.
All public hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and registration to speak will close at 9 p.m. The hearings will be held at the following dates and locations:
Monday, March 1
- White Plains Performing Arts Center, 3rd Floor, City Center, Westchester, 11 City Place, White Plains
- Chateau Briand, 440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, Long Island
Tuesday, March 2
- College of Staten Island, Springer Concert Hall, 1P Building, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island
- Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Phoenix Ballroom, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens
Wednesday, March 3
- The Paradise Theater, 2403 Grand Concourse at 187th Street, The Bronx
- Brooklyn Museum, Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 4
- Holiday Inn-Suffern, Empire Ballroom, 3 Executive Boulevard, Suffern
- Fashion Institute of Technology, Haft Auditorium, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Manhattan
Monday, March 8
- County Center-Riverhead, Suffolk County Legislative Auditorium, Evans K. Griffing Bldg, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead, Long Island
Concerned commuters can also send public comments via email though MTA.info and regular mail addressed to MTA Community Affairs, 347 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017.