Today, the MTA released four proposed fare hike options that would take effect in March of 2013. More than 15,000 New Yorkers have signed Transportation Alternatives’ petition asking Governor Cuomo to stop the impending fare hike, which would be the fourth since 2009.
“The 7.5 million New Yorkers who use the bus and subway every day need Governor Cuomo to stop this fare hike,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “While New Yorkers have suffered fare hike after fare hike, our State government raided hundreds of millions of dollars in transit funds. Governor Cuomo can put a stop to this by increasing the State’s investment in public transit. Treating our MetroCards like a credit card is no way for the State to run a railroad.”
This past summer, Transportation Alternatives launched a petition on Change.org, calling on Governor Cuomo to stop next year’s fare hike. The petition has received over 15,200 signatures from people who rely on buses and subways. The petition can found at www.stopthefarehike.com.
In three consecutive budgets since 2009, state elected officials stole a total of $260 million from dedicated transit funding.
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