Over the last few weeks, I’ve written extensively about the MTA’s competing fare hike proposals and the need for a rigorous discussion on the alternatives during the fare hike hearings. Unfortunately, the hearings have offered anything but that. As Tom Namako notes in a brief piece in The Post, riders are turning the fare hike hearings into a circus. Instead of talking about the desire for a capped card or the love of unlimited options, speakers have chosen “instead to rail about recent service cuts, layoffs and other sore topics.” I’ll be at the Brooklyn hearing next week, but I can’t say I’m too surprised that most people have chosen to ignore the purpose of the fare hikes. As the city’s politicians take the time to bash the MTA on unrelated matters, so too do the people, and that’s just disappointing.