Statement on MTA Fare Increase
Once again, Westchester
commuters are under assault by the MTA and are being asked to
pay more for less. Even the Journal News stated that bulk-ticket
buyers and suburban commuters would be forced to bear an even
greater burden to the tune of over $420 dollars more a year under
this newest fare hike. This hike, coupled with $91 million in
service cuts, is unwise and unacceptable, especially when a state
Comptroller's report showed the MTA kept two sets of books to
hide their financial practices.
Legislation I sponsored would shine a much needed light on the
MTA by creating an oversight board and establishing an independent
budget office for the MTA. It would also require more public hearings
prior to major service changes and mandate a biennial report on
the potential for a future rate increase. What is obvious to every
commuter, but ignored by the MTA, is the fact that accountability
and openness is currently absent from the way the MTA does business.
This must change. I will continue working to make sure the voices
of Westchester commuters are heard.