MTA approves fare hikes, service cuts

STAMFORD - Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials facing a $1.2 billion budget gap voted Wednesday for sweeping fare hikes and drastic service cuts.

By two 12-1 votes, the MTA adopted a measure on fare hikes and another on service cuts, but only after some board members angrily denounced state lawmakers and New York Gov. David Paterson for failing to bail out the financially troubled agency.

New Haven-line Metro-North riders could see some service cuts if the Connecticut Department of Transportation follows suit.

Consolidating late-night Stamford trains and cutting out two afternoon trains from New Haven to Grand Central could be among the cuts put into place.

"People are very reliant on trains to commute ? and with the economy the way it is, I think it's a bad call," says Katarina Antens-Miller, of Stamford.

Under the measures adopted by the MTA board Wednesday, the base New York City subway and bus fare will rise from $2 to $2.50 and a 30-day MetroCard will cost $103, up from $81. Monthly and single-ride fares on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will also rise an average of 23 percent.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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