Assemblyman Philip Ramos Blasts MTA for Considering Fare Increases
Governorís appointees put $1.5 billion tax hike on working families
January 27, 2003
Assemblyman Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) today criticized the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for considering a fare hike that would mean a $1.5 billion tax increase on New Yorkís working families. "The MTA Board, which is controlled by the governor, is proposing a fare increase that will take money directly out of the pockets of working families at a time when our economy is struggling," Ramos said. "The governorís appointees are raising taxes that make it harder for families to live in New York." MTA proposal would force commuters to pay more for less Ramos noted the MTA is considering three options that would raise bus and subway tolls to as much as $2, increase commuter rail fares and bridge and tunnel tolls, and impose a $1 E-Z Pass fee for using bridges and tunnels. MTA is also weighing service cuts, including for: New York City Transit Ė
- slashing weekend bus and subway service 10 percent;
- reducing weekday service 2 percent; and
- reducing cleaners 15 percent.
- eliminating 11 peak and 11 off-peak trains;
- closing ticket windows and waiting rooms; and
- cutting cleaning.