New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority yesterday asked the state, city, and subway and commuter train riders to pony up more money to help the agencyy close a budget gap that would rise to $903 million in 2009.

The MTA's finances have taken a double hit from a weak economy and rising fuel costs, executive director and chief operating officer Elliot Sander said yesterday during a presentation on the preliminary 2009 budget and 2009 to 2012 financial plan.

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