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MTA weighs fare hikes - as Lhota story breaks [UPDATED]

File this under the heading "perfect timing."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to vote on fare hikes this morning — the same day newspapers reported that MTA chief Joe Lhota will soon resign to run for mayor of New York.

The fare hearing is already under way, and some members of the public are giving Lhota and the MTA board an earful.  Here's a passage from Newsday's story on how proceedings began:

While Lhota, 58, has been lauded for leading the restoration of the region's transit system after superstorm Sandy, one speaker slammed him for "breaking a sweat to get in front of the cameras" and presiding over yet another fare hike and poor service.

If approved, this will be the fourth fare increase in five years. The board is expected to approve the hikes, which stemmed from a 2009 bailout plan worked out with Albany lawmakers.

[UPDATE]

 The MTA has now approved the hike. Newsday's Alfonso Castillo has the details.

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