Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Riders Alliance: Subway Service Sucks -- 'Send Us Your Horror Stories'

Photo by MK Metz
The Riders Alliance wants you to share your subway horror stories, reports the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

The transit advocacy group says that subway service has been a disaster this week. (Trains not arriving, hours spent underground...)

They’re collecting riders’ stories to take to Governor Cuomo and members of the state legislature, who have to decide whether or not to fully fund the next MTA capital plan before the end of the legislative session in June.

Background: The recently-passed budget failed to address the $15 billion gap in the MTA’s capital program.

The $750 million allocated was already expected as part of the funded portion, not new money to fill the gap. An analysis by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and New York Public Transit Association found that final budget also raided $20 million in operating funds that were supposed to be dedicated to public transportation, says RA.

(Cuomo and legislators  also rejected $100 million that had been proposed for faster bus service known as Bus Rapid Transit.)

If not filled, the shortfall will mean increased transit fares and further reductions in service, something that John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance called, “1970s-style service."

See Riders Alliance for more.

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