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NEW YORK — Commuters eager to chime in about upcoming MTA fare hikes will have their chance starting Monday in Queens.

The transit agency will hold eight public hearings across New York City and Long Island to get input on the two proposed plans. One option raises the MetroCard base fare to $3. The other plan keeps the $2.75 rate, but lowers the bonus commuters receive when they add money to their MetroCards.

"Proposal 1" keeps the base fare at $2.75, but lowers the bonus to just 5 percent with a $5.50 purchase. The current bonus with a $5.50 purchase is 11 percent.

"Proposal 2" raises the base fare to $3. But it also raises the bonus to 16 percent for a $6 purchase.

Unlimited 30-day MetroCards will cost $121 under both of the new plans: an increase of $4.50. Seven-day cards will increase in price from $31 to $32.

The MTA will implement one of the plans on March 19, 2017. They will take feedback into account. The first of several hearings will be Monday at York College.

Public Hearings Schedule:

  • Monday, Dec. 5: The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College, Main Stage Theater - 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. | Jamaica, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4-8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6: Center for the Arts at College of Staten Island,The Williamson Theater Bldg 1P - 2800 Victory Blvd. | Staten Island, NY
    • Registration period is open from 5-9 p.m. Hearing begins at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7: Hilton Long Island/Huntington, Grand Ballroom - 598 Broad Hollow Road | Melville, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4-8 p.m.  Hearing begins at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8:  Baruch College Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall - 17 Lexington Ave. (at 23rd Street) | New York, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4-8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13: Hostos Community College, Main Theater - 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street | Bronx, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4-8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m
  • Thursday, Dec. 15: Crowne Plaza Suffern, Montebello Ballroom - 3 Executive Blvd. | Suffern, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 19: Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road (near the junction of Nostrand Ave. and Ave. H) | Brooklyn, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20: New York Power Authority, Jaguar Room - 123 Main Street (Enter on Hamilton Ave.) | White Plains, NY
    • Registration period is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

For more information on the meetings and to register, click here.