Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Philip McManus (Queens Public Transit Comm.): "Bad commute this morning? Blame Albany!"

Train delays? Signal failures? Overcrowding? These commuter nightmares have become the new normal because New York State doesn't give our transit system the support it needs.
But get this, Joseph: Instead of coming to commuters' rescue, Albany now plans to divert dedicated transit funds to plug holes in the state budget.
Governor Cuomo's plan would cut $40 million that currently pays for the operations, service and maintenance of the transit system. Many people blame the MTA for the quality of their commute -- but Albany holds the MTA's purse strings.
Governor Cuomo is planning to divert these funds not just in 2014, but in 2015, 2016 and beyond. In total, nearly $350 million could be siphoned away from transit. That means today's commute could be considerably worse tomorrow.
If enough New Yorkers take action right now, we can send a message to our state leaders that transit dollars must be spent on transit needs.
Thank you!
Marcia Bystryn, President
New York League of Conservation Voters

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