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County Executive Mangano is following in his predecessors’ footsteps by underfunding Long Island Bus in his first budget proposal since assuming office.
Faced with a proposed cut of $26 million from the MTA, the County’s proposal to continue to fund its system at 2010 levels ($9.1 million) falls short of what is needed for robust transit service. LI Bus is one of the nation’s largest suburban bus systems, but county funding is at its lowest point in years.
The budget proposal is particularly disappointing considering advocates had been given assurances that the County would be increasing its contribution in an effort to negotiate in good faith with the MTA.
We call upon County Executive Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature to rethink this proposal and work with the MTA to find a funding solution that is balanced and one that will provide LI Bus’over 100,000 daily riders with the quality, affordable and reliable bus service they deserve.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. www.tstc.org