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A kid stole the show with his testimony at Thursday’s MTA board meeting — Zooming in to complain about LIRR station parking fees, chide the agency for releasing its board documents late and give leaders kudos for delaying fare hikes.
“Good day, MTA board members,” youngster Lukas Wolpiuk began during the public comment section.
“On Monday night I heard that the fares may not be increasing [and] the bridges and tunnels tolls would be increased. I hope that this means that unlimited-ride MetroCards are staying,” he continued.
“Anyways, I think they have made the right move. People will switch from driving to taking mass transit.”
Referencing hours of Zoom hearings held in December to collect public input on proposed bridge and toll hikes, he said: “I hope that you listen to what the traveling public talked about at last month’s public hearings.”
The transit-oriented tyke’s testimony also touched on toll discounts for Staten Island residents and the high cost of parking at the Long Island Rail Road’s Westbury station.
“If you look at how much this would cost if you rode the Long Island Rail Road every weekday, you would pay around $120,” he said.
“I think that there should be a monthly pass that would have a discount of $10 or $20.”
Wolpiuk also criticized officials for the “much later than usual” release of this month’s board meeting materials, and begged them to return to posting them the Friday beforehand.
The agency ultimately cut off the youth’s testimony at three minutes — as the young railfan was prescribing a shuttle bus solution to a recent delay-inducing incident on the LIRR’s Central Branch.
But Wolpiuk’s testimony received rave reviews from New York’s transit world.
“Highlight of my morning,” MTA Interim Transit President Sarah Feinberg posted on Twitter.
“I gotta find that kid.”
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