Heyer: Fight MTA booth closings on Monday

MT-Hey! Station booths will be cut big
This token booth at the Union Street station in Park Slope is one of many that will be closed overnight due to budget cuts, under the MTA’s current proposal.
The Brooklyn Paper / Allyse Pulliam

City Council candidate John Heyer has found an issue that he hopes to ride all the way to office.

On Monday, Heyer will rally at the Carroll Street F- and G-train stop to demand that the Metropolitan Transporation Authority repudiate its plan to close dozens of manned token booths citywide.

The 24-hour booth at the President Street end of the station is supposed to close on Sept. 20, part of a plan by the cash-strapped transit agency to save $52 million per year.

“It’s people not machines — that make our subway stations and platforms safe,” said Heyer, who is facing four Democratic rivals in the Sept. 15 primary for the 39th District, which covers the prime F train territory from Kensington to Cobble Hill.

“The MTA can’t manage their [sic] own money, and now they want to penalize the riders,” said Heyer, announcing a 7 am rally at the station on Monday. “Let’s tell the MTA we won’t stand for it. It’s not too late.”

A spokeswoman for New York City Transit disagreed, saying the implementation of the service reductions at 200 stations will begin on schedule and be phased in slowly.

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