Rough week for the MTA

March 27, 2009 2:07:08 PM PDT
Talk about not catching a break -- the MTA ended a horrible week (how else to describe voting to institute a Doomsday Budget that calls for huge fare hikes for millions of commuters?) with the closure this afternoon of the Whitestone Bridge.

An MTA truck hit an overhead sign on the Queen-bound lanes of the bridge, knocking down the sign and closing all lanes of the span in both directions. Traffic was a mess, and has seriously botched up the Friday night commute.

Meanwhile, the MTA's drastic fare hikes to deal with its $1.2 billion budget gap seemed like a high-stakes threat to New York State lawmakers to help out the beleaguered transit agency, or passengers would literally pay the price. This weekend they'll apparently be burning the ol' midnight oil in Albany trying to fashion a plan to help commuters by giving some money to the MTA. Or maybe not.

We'll have the latest on the MTA travails, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, if you've ever tried to buy a ticket to a popular concert, you already know -- concerts sell out minutes after the tickets first go on sale. Consumers increasingly are yelling that it's become impossible to buy seats at face value. The alternative? Pay premium price from a broker or secondary seller. Turns out -- there's a high-tech explanation behind these ticket shortages. Tappy Phillips and 7 On Your Side investigate.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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