The purpose of public transit, like private transit, is to move persons from point A to point B.  The MTA’s payroll tax on employers spreads the cost to many persons instead of transit passengers paying the full cost.  This tax scheme prevents politicians from making the necessary changes and expense reductions to make the MTA operate within its budget.

If any of the lawsuits aimed at the MTA’s unpopular payroll tax are successful, Long Island Rail Road riders and other commuters could be hit with fare hikes of more than 30 percent and service cuts far deeper than those already adopted, transit officials said Friday.

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