Transit advocates fear service cuts and big fare hikes

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NEW YORK — The pandemic has created a giant hole in the budget of the MTA.

New expenses for advanced disinfecting and a drastic decrease in ridership means a shortfall that’s in the billions of dollars.

The worst case scenario could involve service cuts and fare and toll hikes.

Congress and President Trump included $3.9 billion for the MTA in the first federal stimulus package.

MTA officials last month had a second request for another $3.9 billion in the bill known as Heroes Act.

Transit advocates with Regional Plan Association worry about a $9 subway ride.

Riders Alliance and other groups held a video conference with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY).

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