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Irnande Altema, 25, is a Hofstra University law
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Irnande Altema, 25, is a Hofstra University law student who commutes during the week from her home in Uniondale to an internship in Manhattan.

"It adds up," she said. "When you're not working and you're trying to make sure you have a place in your career."(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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LIRR riders respond to the MTA price hike

Commuters in Mineola, Hicksville and Ronkonkoma waiting for trains Thursday were feeling left out in the cold by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hike.

The increase, approved by the MTA board in October, raised LIRR fares from 7.6 percent to 9.4 percent and was part of a plan to plug the agency's mammoth $900-million operating deficit. Other hikes were applied to MetroCards, bus fares and bridge and tunnel tolls.

Here's what riders had to say: