PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release: January 22, 2010
Contact:
Kate Slevin
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
P: 917-833-9259, 212-268-7474

Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement on MTA Service Cuts

New Yorkers need leadership from their elected officials to avoid the devastating service cuts announced by the MTA today. The cuts have been tweaked from the December proposal, but will still impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and must be stopped.

More bad news could be on the way. Governor Paterson's budget, released this week, slashes funding to the MTA by an additional $104 million. State leaders have a responsibility to stave off those cuts.

New York City has not increased funding to the MTA since 1995. Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council must step up for New Yorkers.

Long Island Bus riders now face the elimination of 13 bus routes and cuts to additional ones. New Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano can be a hero by reinstating $1.4 million in county funding for the system that was cut before he took office.

We urge transit riders to make their voices heard at the public hearings announced for March.

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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. www.tstc.org