For immediate release: March 17, 2009
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement on State Senate Democrats' MTA Funding Plan
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is deeply disappointed in the State Senate Democrats’ plan for MTA funding. The plan is based on fuzzy math and simply kicks the can further down the tracks. It won’t fund the MTA's long-term capital construction needs and may not even fill the MTA's operating deficit.
The Senate plan, which includes a 0.25% payroll tax in the MTA region and a 4% fare increase, would not equitably spread the burden of funding the system among businesses, drivers, and transit riders, as the Ravitch Commission's plan would.
It's clear that many senators were more concerned with avoiding tolls on the East and Harlem River Bridges than ensuring the long-term health of the transit system. While this plan would avoid a "doomsday scenario" of service cuts and fare hikes – for now – it unfortunately represents a failure of leadership and courage.
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.