Now the agency is at it
again, proposing more draconian service
cuts, including the elimination of 2 subway lines and 21 local
bus routes, steep service reductions on dozens of additional bus
and subway routes, cuts to the Access-A-Ride program and student
In our district, the cuts to the
bus and the Z train would be devastating to working families and
students, and to the local economy. Communities across the board
will suffer likewise. More than a half million of our students
and children who receive free or discounted Metro Cards would
suffer. The added cost of these students' transportation will
break the budgets of working families across the city, especially
those who are not earning a living wage. Worse yet, it will break
our kids' will to learn.
Instead, the MTA must follow
Quinn's suggestions to reallocate $140 million of capital funds
to temporarily close an unexpected gap in its operating budget.
More than $90 million in unspent federal stimulus aid that may
be allocated toward operating expenses through a
congressionally sanctioned process known as "flex," and roughly
$50 million in MTA operating funds that are currently being used
to supplement the capital budget would help tremendously. The
combined funding boost would be more than enough to offset the
$129 million the MTA expects to save through cuts to subway and
bus service citywide.
The MTA must also conduct their
process in a more public and open fashion. It released this
package of cuts just one week before they will be voted on.
Mandating these cuts with no public input is insulting to
taxpayers and a slap in the face to New Yorkers. Before these
drastic changes are made, the MTA must give the public a chance
to voice their concerns, and examine its books. We demand
transparency and public input!
UNITED COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE
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