AN OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON THE MTA FARE
Dear Mayor Bloomberg:
When you campaigned for a
third term last year, you pledged to New Yorkers that you would
ensure that "we get our money's worth" from the MTA. Today, we're
getting even less for our money, and the MTA is threatening huge
fare hikes, devastating service cuts, and even the elimination of
student Metro Cards and free rides for the disabled.
New Yorkers demand that you
show leadership and keep your word, unlike the many other elected
officials we have to contend with. Our city's transit system is in
crisis. The cost of a monthly Metro Card could rise to over $100
next year. Service is being cut on dozens of bus and subway
lines, while crucial upgrades are being neglected.
Mr. Mayor, we hope that you
and other politicians get the message that transplanting the
MTA's woes onto the backs of tax payers and working families
isn't an option. Please act before March 24, when the MTA is next
expected to take action on service cuts and fare hikes, and let
them know that you vehemently disagree.
MTA leaders should exhaust
all other options before they raise fares or cut services.
Students and disabled folks should be able to ride free, because
they need them most.
There are plenty of ways you
can fix the MTA's problems. You can direct the MTA to use money
it already has to cover its budget shortfall, instead of making
riders pay, while pushing dysfunctional Albany to cough up its
New York's public transit
system is one of the largest transportation systems in the world,
a veritable pillar of our economy, and we need to maintain and
upgrade it as a matter of economic necessity.
Even transit experts and some
MTA Board members want to use the federal stimulus money they
already have to help close the MTA's budget gap, but Chairman Jay
Walder, opposes that plan, and says all of the MTA's stimulus
money should go to new projects and improvements. It is wrong to
pay for new subway lines by cutting old ones.
The federal stimulus program
allows the MTA to use some funds to keep trains running and fares
under control. Nearly every transit agency in America is using the
stimulus program to plug budget holes, except the MTA.
Mayor, you can make this
happen, and we are counting on you!
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