• New York City's 2008 Fare Hike Proposal

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    This 5 page paper examines the conflict that has ensued since a proposal to raise the fares in NYC in 2008 was announced. The history of the NYC mass transportation system is touched on. Class conflict is discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    New York Citys 2008 Fare Hike Proposal properly October, 2007 Once again,  New York Citys fare hike is causing some disagreement. Every time there is an announcement of an increase in the fare to utilize New York Citys public transportation system, people  complain. In respect to the recent disagreement, the MTA made it clear that it needs an additional $325 million per year to run the system (Karni, 2007). Actually, the government  wants to close a budget gap totaling $1.8 million projected to be the case by 2010 (Karni, 2007). This may seem like an astronomical amount of money, but it is  important to remember that the city is huge. While seeking money is not the problem, it seems as if the MTA wants to raise bus fares, subway fares and tunnel  and bridge tolls in 2008 (Karni, 2007). The proposed increase has caused a lot of criticism. While it is fiscally responsible to make projections and seek money, increasing fares and  tolls is not a popular route. MTA officials admitted it will be difficult to sell a fare hike to the public, but with that would come new  service. Karni (2007) explains: "To sweeten the cheerless announcement of a fare hike, the MTA said yesterday that it would add service along the L line, as well as to  the nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 lines next year, and hire 200 new cleaners to work throughout the system. The MTA is also asking for $600 million in  state aid by 2010." In some way, the MTA is not only taxing the citizens to a greater extent, but they are also trying to acquire state funds. The money 

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