Transit advocates say that the payroll tax, intended to raise $1.5 billion, is widely-expected to be approved. But the tolls proposal, intended to raise $600 million, is facing significant opposition in Albany. A fare increase, advocates say, is inevitable. The question is, how much of an increase?
As for the stimulus money, the chairman said it would be usable only for capital projects and cannot be used to close the deficit. So its impact on fares is essentially irrelevant.
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