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MTA Rolls Back Doomsday Cuts to Subway and Bus Services

By DNAinfo Staff on January 22, 2010 11:42am  | Updated on January 22, 2010 4:23pm

One of the lines affected by the MTA service cuts is the W line.
One of the lines affected by the MTA service cuts is the W line.
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MANHATTAN — The MTA revealed on Friday a revised set of service cuts designed to fill their widening budget gap that restores the Z train and several bus routes through Manhattan.

They also announced a series of public hearings about the new plan.

The W train would still be eliminated, however, and the V train would be extended from Houston Street and Second Avenue out to Queens on the M line, the New York Times reported.

The previous plan had called for cutting the M10 bus, which carries roughly 3.6 million passengers a year, the Times reported, as well as the overnight service through Central Park on the M79 and M96 routes. The overnight service has also been restored in the new plan, the Times said.

The MTA proposed a doomsday scenario of budget cuts last year after a sudden budget shortfall of more than $343 million. The plan drew widespread outrage from transit advocates and riders.

The MTA posted the revised plan on its Web site.

The public hearing on the plan in Manhattan is scheduled for March 4 at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Haft Auditorium at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.