As you, my faithful readers, continue to debate the least worse fare hike option, the MTA has announced the looming schedule of fare hike hearings. At this sessions, New Yorkers engage in
a reasonable dialogue on transit funding mechanisms the time-honored tradition to spewing invective at MTA Board Members while politicians go unchallenged on their lack of transit support. The hearings resemble circus sideshows, but this year, the outcome could determine if pay-per-ride users shoulder the fare burden or if unlimited card users again get the shaft.
The hearings all begin at 5 p.m. at their various locations, and there will be overlap. Thus, MTA Board Members won’t hear all testimony. Registration opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Speakers are limited to three minutes each. Comments can also be submitted online and via video at a few so-called satellite locations. After your jump, the fare hike hearing schedule.