Groups Push Transit
A coalition of environmental
groups, including the Straphangers Campaign, T.A., the Tri-State
Transportation Campaign, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural
Resources Defense Council, is pushing a five-point revision to the MTA's
Five-Year Capital Plan. The plan comes at a crucial time: subway ridership is
at a 30-year high, and there are a million more subway and bus riders a day
now than two years ago.
Five Point Program for Better
NYC Subways & Buses
Provide more service and
The MTA's proposed five-year plan will expand transit service by less than 2%.
We agree with the Regional Plan Association, which has called for 500 more
subway cars and 1000 more buses than the MTA proposes.
Adopt a policy of "no
new diesel buses."
The MTA proposes to buy two-and-a-half times as many polluting diesel buses
(756) as clean fuel buses (300), despite having already adopted a no new
diesels policy for its Long Island bus subsidiary.
Increase funds for city
transit to reflect ridership.
MTA has proposed decreasing the funding split for NYC Transit from 77% to 69%.
This, though NYC Transit moves 91% of the MTA's customers, while Metro North/LIRR
Build a 2nd Ave. subway
with connections to other boroughs.
A full-length Second Avenue subway is a crucial link in New York City's
regional transit development.
Include a commitment of
new state funds for transit.
The MTA's plan forecasts a $2.5 billion funding gap for its five-year plan,
but calls for no new state aid . This could mean as much as a 50-cent fare
increase. NYC subway and bus riders already have the highest fare box burden
in the nation, paying 66% of the cost of operations.
Send email to Gov. Pataki
telling him that you want better transit now. Go to www.straphangers.org
and click on 'End the Crush.'
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