City Comptroller Bill Thompson joined together with a coalition of
elected officials today on the steps of City Hall to urge the MTA to
reconsider a proposed transit fare hike and to urge Albany to rework
the budget to give the City its fair share of transit funding.
"We are here today because riders deserve a subway,
bus, and rail system that is the best in the world. As New Yorkers, it seems
that every day we hear about yet another increase, rising costs that make it
more difficult to make ends meet, to put food on the table, and to get to work
and home each day,” Thompson said. “Before New Yorkers are asked to dip into
their pockets and pocketbooks, we are asking the MTA to not rush ahead
Two months ago, Thompson’s office issued a
report that identified $728 million dollars in revenue sources that could be
applied to eliminate the need for a fare increase in 2008 and 2009.
The comptroller stated that the State must provide additional funding
to the MTA for transit improvements before any fare hike is considered.
“If the State and City step up their commitments
to New York City Transit and the economy remains relatively strong, I believe
that any fare and toll increases can be delayed for some time,” said Thompson.
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