Residents lambaste bailout for MTAPosted: Updated:
The state Legislature's vote to approve a bailout package for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has many across the Hudson Valley fuming.
Under the $2.26 billion bailout plan, the MTA's proposed fare increases of up to 30 percent will be eliminated. Instead, fares will still go up between 8 percent and 10 percent. Monthly passes will go from $81 to $89 - a dollar more than previous proposals.
In Orange County, many residents are expressing frustration with the new taxes and fees expected to bail out the MTA. Residents say the MTA largely serves New York City and the suburbs are getting stuck with the bill. "Don't make us pay for it. Especially if I don't use it," says Cheryl Kircher, who lives in the Village of Florida. "A lot of people here don't use it."