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MTA Lays Off 200 Stations Agents, Closes 44 Token Booths

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MTA officially laid off nearly 200 station agents and closed 44 token booths Friday.

The Transport Workers Union asked all of its members to show solidarity for the laid-off workers, and as a result, mass protests were held as a procession of 194 station agents arrived to the MTA's training school at P.S. 248 in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn to turn in their uniforms and badges.

A judge originally blocked the MTA from shuttering the booths in June, but the ruling was overturned after the agency hosted a series of public hearings.

The MTA argues that the layoffs were necessary in order to help the cash-strapped transit agency save money. According to MTA estimates, they will be saving $49,000 per day as a result of Friday's layoffs.

The embattled agency is also planning a fare hike in January 2011. The current price for one fare is $2.25.

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