Earlier today, Transport Workers Union Local 100 joined other transit advocates & officials in asking the city to provide more funding for the MTA. Marlene Naanes of AMNY has more on the story so here is her article courtesy of AMNY:
The Transport Workers Union, transit advocates and elected officials asked the city Monday to offer more funding to the MTA to avoid a fare hike.
“New York City contributes only four percent of the costs of running our subway and bus system,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers Campaign, a transit riders’ advocacy group. “That’s simply not a fair share and not enough to get us affordable fares and decent service.”
The MTA board will vote on increasing MetroCard costs, commuter rail fares and tolls this month. The governor announced last month the base fare would remain at $2, and state lawmakers have said they would try to garner more funding for the agency facing billions in future debt.
The Mayor’s office said that city is looking into the MTA’s financial situation, but it’s also funding a No. 7 line expansion project for more than $2 billion.
While the message is a good one that has to be sent, I think it needs to be sent to the state more. The state is more responsible for the financial crisis the MTA is in compared to the city. If I was apart of this group, I’d refocus my attention on the main culprit.
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