MTA's plan to balance its budget includes cuts and fare hikes

As a way to balance its budget, the MTA is proposing to make cuts to bus services, close token booths and increase fares.

The new plan calls for more than 160 token booths across the city to be closed and for 600 clerks to be laid off. Fifteen of the token booths slated to close are located in the Bronx. Despite the proposed closings, MTA officials say each subway station would have at least one full-time staffed booth, and all entrances would have emergency intercoms and MetroCard token booths.

Riders say they fear that without the booths, stations will become more dangerous.

Fare hikes are also possible, but the mayor says he will do everything in his power to stop that from happening. The MTA will be holding a public hearing in the Bronx in the upcoming weeks.

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