Local leaders call for federal funding to prevent potential MTA fare hikes

After Hurricane Ida, the MTA is being called to
stop potential upcoming transit cuts.

Local leaders, including Rep. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez, are holding a rally in Queens today to call for federal
funding. They say that if funding isn’t provided to the MTA, it could enact
fare hikes as early as next year.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Grace Meng and commuters
will be joining to demand that Congress provide the funding for MTA
operations as part of the federal budget.

Budget cuts and pending fare hikes come just after Ida caused power and signal
issues across a majority of the subway lines and displaced hundreds of
commuters that needed to be evacuated.