PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release: July 14, 2009
Contact:
Kate Slevin, Veronica Vanterpool
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
P: 212-268-7474
C: 917-833-9259

Statement on Appointment of Jay Walder as MTA Chairman

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign congratulates Jay Walder on his appointment as MTA Chairman and is pleased that Governor Paterson chose a qualified and experienced transportation professional to run the agency. Mr. Walder will take over the MTA at a difficult time, and we urge the Legislature to quickly confirm his appointment so he can begin working to meet the challenges ahead.

The most immediate challenge is the need to find sufficient funding for the MTA's next five-year capital program while keeping the agency financially stable. Greater use of bus rapid transit would allow the agency to quickly grow the region's transit capacity at relatively low cost. The agency must also put Long Island Bus on sound financial footing and continue to work towards a comprehensive regional bus system.

Mr. Walder should also continue valuable initiatives begun under his predecessors, such as a sustainability effort that includes transit-oriented development, putting high-speed cashless tolls on all MTA crossings, and improving customer service.

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.