Victory for the Fare Hike Four: Transit Riders Will Pay More for Less

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Because a handful of state senators representing New York City refused to back a credible plan to fund our transit system, the MTA’s March 25th deadline has come and gone without any reprieve for everyone who relies on subways and buses. Head over to City Room for scenes from the final act.

Pedro Espada photo: John DeSio

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