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Letter: LIRR fare hikes were preordained

A file photo of a train pulling into

A file photo of a train pulling into the Ronkonkoma LIRR station. (Sept. 30, 2011) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Another Metropolitan Transportation Authority "hearing," and another fare hike ["Hikes expected," News, Dec. 14]. When is the public going to realize that these staged MTA hearings mean nothing?

Those fare hikes are already decided before the so-called hearings are held for public input. When did they ever consider public input in these fare hikes? The public's pockets are picked for every aspect of the MTA's revenue.

This is what happens with an agency that spends with little or no regard for the public.

William Devlin, Rockville Centre