Stop paying for Westchester to ride
Oct 10, 2012 | 2176 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

I have been fighting to get a Downtown service on the QM20 Express Bus and I am angry at the fact that the MTA Bus Company wastes our (Northeast Queens residents’) taxpayer money.

The MTA Bus Company wastes our taxpayer money by providing express bus service to and from Manhattan for residents in Westchester County on its BxM3 bus route, which runs from Westchester to Midtown Manhattan.

The City of New York has an agreement with the MTA to subsidize the MTA Bus Company, and not Westchester County or the City of Yonkers where the BxM3 operates.

It is unfair that New York City and Northeast Queens residents are held responsible for the shortcomings of Westchester County. It is also unfair that city taxpayer money is used to subsidize the rides of Westchester residents.

Meanwhile, our residents are being denied service improvements, such as Downtown service on the QM20 and residents have to suffer by either making multiple transfers or driving to Fresh Meadows for direct Downtown service.

I will be glad to stand with Northeast Queens elected officials, civic leaders, and residents to denounce this waste of our taxpayer money because it is unfair that Westchester residents get to enjoy the benefits of express bus service at the expense of the New York City.

Sincerely,

Ali Fadil

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