Later this afternoon, the MTA will unveil its reconfigured slate of service cuts. We’ve been waiting on these cuts for a while, and as news has trickled in, we know, for example, that express buses will be axed and that the V will run along the M line via the Chrystie St. Cut. I’ll have a full report later, but Michael Grynbaum previews the new plan. Generally, the overnight bus routes through Central Park will be spared and so will the Z train. The W will be eliminated, and off-peak trains will run less frequently.
Meanwhile, as the MTA begins the politically wrangling over its funding, the authority has set dates for hearings on the service cuts, Heather Haddon reported late last night. Unfortunately, the agency is planning on holding two hearings a day so not all officials can attend each session. On March 1, Westchester and Long Island will host their hearings. On March 2, the show moves to Queens and Staten Island. The Bronx and Brooklyn will get the full MTA treatment on March 3, and the traveling circus closes up show on March 4 in Manhattan and Rockland County.