Less than a year before another fare hike is set to kick in, M.T.A. chief Joe Lhota announced big service enhancements for subway and bus riders, and threw a big bone to suburban legislators.
"[I]t's really hard to go into a period of time where you're talking about a fare increase, where you're reducing service, where you're not increasing service," said Lhota Thursday afternoon, speaking to reporters at the authority's midtown headquarters.
East Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca hopes that one day the M.T.A. will run commuter rail through the East Bronx to Westchester.
"Commuters traveling from the East Bronx to work in Westchester have no viable choice but to take their cars and sit in traffic on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which is backed up every day," said Vacca, the chair of the Council's transportation committee, during a hearing about mass transit in the outer boroughts.(6)