Stop & tell me where you have heard this one before, state politicians in Albany showcase their lack of regard and/or knowledge for the needs of the MTA & the riders it serves. Whether these actions are done purposely or not, the end result is the same. The ineptitude of our elected officials find a way to screw over the riders. The latest sign of this is when the State Legislature failed to renew the authorization of 6 non-voting posts on the MTA Board. These 6 posts belonged to rider & union advocates & included:
Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more in this brief report:
Straphangers and commuter train riders may have to scream a little louder to be heard as the MTA makes tough decisions about service cuts.
Rider and union advocates lost their combined six seats on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board Friday when state legislation authorizing the nonvoting posts expired.
“This is a real shame,” said Andrew Albert, one of the affected board members. “I guess it just wasn’t on the radar.”
Click here for the complete report.
Actions such as this are why I & other transit advocates/bloggers have little to no faith in our elected officials doing what is right by the transit agency & its riders. The agency is arguably under the most pressure in its history to not only keep up the system, provide quality service to its ridership base, but find a way to stay financially afloat, & Albany lets this happen! Should we really be surprised that the positions lost are of those who benefit riders the most? I doubt that this is a coincidence.
We as riders need brand new leadership in Albany & need to vote out the status quo of ineptitude that at this pace will bankrupt the agency & screw us all in the process.
xoxo Transit Blogger