When you pick up your Tuesday copy of the New York Daily News, you will see an article writing by Joseph Addabbo Jr. Mr. Addabbo along with his fellow Queens Councilman John Liu are part of the team which brings you the anti-fare hike site Fight The Hike 08. The group will unveil its plan to starve off a potential fare hike next year. For now here is a sample of Mr. Addabbo’s article which will appear in today’s New York Daily News:
The MTA apparently has a time machine. Last month the authority announced that it wants to make history for the second time since the 1980s by raising the fare yet again for a second consecutive year. The announcement tops off what has been a year of outrageous forays into transportation proposals paid for on the backs of the middle class.
The MTA has a widening budget gap of nearly $900 million and it expects transit riders to pay the bill. But I am not convinced that service has improved since March, even when the MTA raised the monthly MetroCard rate, a move that targeted commuters rather than tourists, yet the MTA expects the middle class to shell out more for the shortfall.
I’m starting a campaign to Fight the Hike in order to make our voices heard. Visit www.fightthehike08.com to register your opposition and find out what you can do to keep the subway affordable. Look for me at various Queens subway stops where I’ll be out talking to commuters and collecting signatures, so we can let the MTA know that Queens says “no” to any future fare hikes.
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Lets be frank here, signatures even if it came from every NYC resident would not starve off a fare hike. What would stop a fare hike? The one thing that regardless of the industry makes the world go around, & that is money. So lets skip over the meaningless signature drives & focus on finding ways to get much deserved funding for the MTA. Money talks, bullshit walks!