Despite our protests, the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently voted to enact a
series of fare hikes and service cutbacks, presumably to keep the
transit system from going broke. MTA Board
members artfully called the combination of fare increases and
slashing bus, subway and commuter rail cuts a disaster but said
they could no longer wait for lawmakers in Albany to rescue them.
The votes, painfully taken in three parts, approved fare hikes,
toll increases and service cutbacks, despite spirited opposition.
Every block in New York City will feel the squeeze!
On behalf of the millions of tax
payers and working families, who depend on this system, we demand
that Albany intervene, and a compromise be reached before the
subway and bus fare hikes take effect May 31. It is troubling to
see how we have failed to appreciate and respond to the massive
transportation threat millions of New Yorkers face every day.
Public interest is paramount, and we need to work together to
implement a real and viable mass transit plan that does not create
yet another reason to drive residents from our
Albany acts, this decision will affect millions of New Yorkers in
the coming months, as base subway and bus fares will jump to
$2.50. Seven-day passes will jump from $25 to $31, 14-day passes
will increase from $47 to $59 and the cost of 30-day Metro Cards
will rise from $81 to $103 effective May 31, 2009, while commuter
rail fares will increase on June 1. Tolls on the authority’s
bridges and tunnels will also go up, with the increase taking
effect in mid-July. The service cuts are far reaching. They
include the elimination of 35 bus routes and two subway lines, the
W and Z. Off-peak and weekend subway, bus and commuter rail
service will also be cut back.
In our community, the elimination of
the Q56, Q74, QM 23 bus routes, the reduction in service QM24 and
QM12 bus routes, the elimination of the Z train and the reduction
in service to the J train will cause enormous burdens on
The Q56 which runs down Jamaica
Avenue, an essential business district, needs an MTA bus. The J
train which runs above Jamaica Avenue should not be the only
option for public transportation on Jamaica Avenue, since the
elevated train stations are not handicap accessible and in some
stations the stairs to the elevated J trains are in a dangerous