Un-fare criticism
Apr 30, 2015 | 8403 views | 0 0 comments | 218 218 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is hypocritical ("Not your average morning commute" - Pol Position, April 16).

The problem with mass transit is finding the $15 billion to fully fund the proposed new Metropolitan Transportation Authority Five Year $32 billion Capital Plan.

Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing. It has actually increased under virtually every Five-Year Transportation Authorization Act over past decades.

When a crises occurred, be it 9/11 in 2001 or Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Uncle Sam stepped up to the plate.

Both the city and state consistently decreased hard cash contributions to the MTA by billions under past MTA Five Year Capital Plans. And Governor Andrew Cuomo nor de Blasio have not agreed to provide any additional funding to date.

Cuomo and the State Legislature would not raise the state gasoline tax by pennies more per gallon to raise additional funding for mass transit. They both failed to provide any additional funding in the new budget adopted on April 1.

How much more will be provided by the mayor and City Council when the new city budget is adopted on July 1?

This deficit will result in the MTA making difficult choices in deciding how to prioritize the expenditures with scarce resources. The result will be the deferral of many critical capital improvement projects. Riders can look forward to additional service delays and more fare increases.

Sincerely,

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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