'Fare' share
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Dear Editor:

"Time for state, not riders, to pay" (In Our Opinion - March 26) is partially correct concerning finding the money to make things happen. It is a four-way dance between riders, city, state and federal government to fully fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing. It increased under virtually every Five-Year Transportation Authorization Act over past decades. When crises occurred, be it 9/11 in 2001 or Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Uncle Sam stepped up to the plate.

Additional billions in federal assistance above and beyond yearly formula allocations were also provided. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided billions more for public transportation. All benefited the city, state and MTA.

During this same time period, both the city and state consistently decreased hard cash contributions to the MTA by billions under each previous MTA Five-Year Capital Plan going back to the 1980s.

In 1953, the old NYC Board of Transportation passed on control of the municipal subway system, including all its assets to the newly created New York City Transit Authority.

New York City is the real owner of both the bus and subway systems. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council refuse to contribute their fair share.


Larry Penner

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