We are very grateful that,
great pressure, you have finally agreed to not eliminate Student Metro
Cards next fall. This is a necessity for nearly 600,000 New York City
school kids who depend on the free and half-fare cards, and for all New
Yorkers who value strong public transportation. It was an ill-conceived
plan in the first place.
Your seeming largesse is
a drop in the bucket. More must be done. Commencing this weekend, years
of under-funding mass transit will start to catch up to us as the MTA
eliminates two subway lines and cancels or shrinks dozens of bus lines.
Worse yet, more fare hikes are around the corner. Your apparent
tendency to inflict distress upon working families will continue to be
a morass around the necks of the millions who depend on mass transit.
The only way forward is
the implementation of hard work, and creative policy leadership and
partnership. Affordable fares and high-quality service for riders
should be your top priorities. Accordingly, we urgently urge you to
take the following steps to put the MTA back on solid ground:
Ensure that our subways,
buses and trains are serving the needs of your customers, who are the
middle and working class families who depend on these services. We are
your real partners in business.
Research and implement
innovations that will both minimize waste and improve service, like
camera-enforced bus lanes, lower off-peak fares, accountability and
transparency of all finances involving the MTA.
Implement fair pay and
working conditions for the thousands of workers who keep our transit
Join with City, State
Federal officials to get more funding for the routine operation and
maintenance of NYC transit, in addition to essential expansion
Changes like these will
the long-term growth changes we need to really put the MTA on solid
financial ground. It is time to act.