|For immediate release:
June 29, 2011
Statement from Ryan Lynch, Tri-State Transportation Campaign Long Island Coordinator:
"County Comptroller Maragos’ announcement that Nassau County has a $26.6 million surplus from 2010 is welcome news to all County taxpayers. This revenue is the exact amount that the MTA has said it needs to continue to operate Long Island Bus. County Executive Mangano should use this surplus to support the County’s bus system, and use this opportunity to reopen negotiations with the MTA. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign believes that an MTA operated Long Island Bus is the best deal for riders and County taxpayers. We continue to worry that County Executive Mangano’s privatization plan will lead to higher fares, increased costs for the County, and greatly reduced service."
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.