So the MTA finally went and released its proposed fare hikes for next year. $125 Monthly MetroCards, maybe! And you probably have something to say about it, don't you? Well, the MTA "wants" to hear from you before they make a final decision. Here's how to let your voice be "heard" before the big vote.
Between November 7 and 15 the MTA is going to be holding eight public hearings. One in each of the five boroughs, and one each on Long Island and in the northern suburbs east and west of the Hudson River. Each hearing will start at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. and if you want to register in advance to speak, you'll want to call (718) 521-3333—though you will be allowed to register there too. The MTA does ask that you keep your remarks to three minutes or less (more time then they get at the Oscars! Practice with a stopwatch!). So where are they? Well:
- Wednesday, November 7
Brooklyn - Brooklyn Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
Long Island - Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall, Little Theater, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY
- Tuesday, November 13
The Bronx - Hostos Community College, Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
Manhattan - Baruch College Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street, New York, NY
- Wednesday, November 14
Orange County - Hilton Garden Inn Newburgh/Stewart Airport, Vanderbilt/Astor Rooms, 15 Crossroads Court, Newburgh, NY
Staten Island - College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
- Thursday, November 15
Queens - Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY
Westchester County - Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Library Auditorium, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY
And that isn't the only way you can get your opinion to the MTA. You can also submit written comments to the MTA's website, or send them a letter (MTA Government Affairs, 347 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017). Or, you can shoot a short video tape of your opinion on the following days at these locations:
- Thursday, November 8 - 9 a.m. to noon
MTA New York City Transit Headquarters, 3 Stone Street, New York, NY
Tuesday, November 13 - 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- LIRR Hicksville Station
Tuesday, November 13 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Metro-North Poughkeepsie Station, Pedestrian Overpass
- Wednesday, November 14 - 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
LIRR Ronkonkoma Station
We are totally sure the MTA is going to take each and every one of your opinions very, very seriously.