Public hearing on MTA fare hikes to be held in Queens today

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Beginning March 1, fare and toll hikes will go into effect across all MTA services.File photo
Beginning March 1, fare and toll hikes will go into effect across all MTA services.

After the MTA released its proposed fare hikes last month, riders in Queens will get the chance to sound off about the proposed increases, when the transit agency holds a public hearing in the borough this Thursday, November 15.

It will take place at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, located at 135-20 39th Avenue.

This week there will also be video conference hearings at the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma LIRR stations on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in Lower Manhattan, 2 Broadway (3 Stone Street entrance), bid room suite, on Thursday.

The MTA is also accepting public statements via email and regular mail.

In the meantime, some straphangers are annoyed with the MTA after it was widely reported Tuesday that there will be no refunds for unlimited weekly and monthly MetroCard holders that purchased them before Sandy shut down public transit.

Though no refund was issued after the Irene suspension, there was one following the 2005 transit strike.

The MTA also gives a refund for a lost or stolen MetroCard, as long as it was purchased with a debit or credit card and reported missing.