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FYI: Albany’s rejection of a Westchester County sales tax increase has prompted local officials to rewrite the budget it passed in December, further cutting services and raising fees. But the Bee-Line bus service, which brings working-class women from the Bronx into the job-rich suburbs, won’t face any service cuts or additional fare hikes. The fare schedule crafted in December will hold, with the basic one-way fare raised 25 percent from $1.40 to $1.75, a book of 22 bus tickets up to $35 and the unlimited monthly passport from $50 to $75. A long-standing $0.85 surcharge for crossing the county line has even been abolished. All fare changes will go into effect on March 1. [2/25/03]

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