BROOKLYN - In an effort to increase turnout at public hearings on MTA service cuts, local officials greeted rush-hour commuters across the city Monday.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilman James Vacca said they want to get more residents to attend public hearings in an effort to show the agency that service cuts would be devastating for many riders.

Beginning Tuesday, the MTA will hold five public hearings in each borough. The agency plans to phase out student MetroCards, eliminate some subway lines and scale back more than 50 bus routes. They have also announced plans to lay off approximately 1,000 workers by summer.

Hearings this week will take place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Cantor Auditorium.