PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release: February 26, 2009
Contact: Kate Slevin
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
P: 212-268-7474
C: 917-833-9259

Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement in Response to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Bridge Toll Compromise

We applaud Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his compromise proposal for the Harlem and East River Bridges. Speaker Silver’s compromise reflects an understanding that our region’s economy, prosperity, environment, and quality of life are more gravely impacted by the MTA’s proposed fare increase and service cuts than the implementation of bridge tolls across the free East and Harlem River crossings.

This is especially important for the millions of low- and moderate-income subway and bus riders, and the elderly and disabled, who will be spared the significant financial burden and hard choices resulting from a 23% fare increase and a reduction or elimination of transit service.

This proposal will more equitably distribute the burden amongst all the beneficiaries of our transit system: businesses, drivers, and users.

We urge other elected officials to show leadership on this issue and approve what is right for the long-term needs of our region’s residents, economy, vitality, and success by approving the Ravitch proposal as the solution to the MTA financial crisis.

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Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.