Saved the fare.
Stopped the cuts.
Reformed the MTA.

Assemblyman Benedetto: Bailout plan will Save the MTA


“The Legislature and Governor Paterson are to be commended for taking action to avoid catastrophe and keep critical construction projects going,”
Robert Yaro, president, Regional Plan Association, and co-chair, Empire State Transportation Alliance

“The MTA bailout is good news for transit riders. It will halve the proposed fare hike, shelve awful service cuts and provide funds for two years of transit rebuilding projects,”
Gene Russianoff, staff attorney, New York State Public Interest Research Group Straphangers Campaign

“The inclusion of two years of capital funding is vitally important to transit riders and our regional economy and should not be underappreciated…”
Kate Slevin, executive director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Saved the subway and bus fares

The MTA proposed sky-high fare hikes at a time when riders are already financially strapped. We prevented the 32 percent increase in fares—instead, commuters can expect a greatly reduced 10 percent increase.

We fund two years of capital projects, including vital transit and commuter rail maintenance and modernization projects, and do not add new tolls on bridges that are currently not tolled.

Share the burden

The budget crisis facing the MTA is a regional problem—we needed to ensure that the burden to make our transit system whole was shared by everyone, not just riders. The compromise we achieved protects services and limits fare increases by instituting:

Reformed the MTA

To ensure the future of New York’s transportation system, we require an overhaul of MTA operations. Gone are the days when board members are appointed regardless of their expertise. We institute a transparent process and long-term fiscal responsibility to root out MTA financial mismanagement. We also create a public input office where riders can voice their thoughts and concerns about transit projects and service.

Stopped the service cuts

Service cuts under the MTA’s plan included eliminating local bus routes, slashing weekend and late night service, closing many subway stations overnight, and completely eliminating some subway lines. For many of us, mass transit is the only way to get to work, the supermarket, place of worship, school, or doctor.

The Assembly stopped the following cuts and eliminations:

“The MTA’s plan to cut services and impose sky-high fare hikes was not acceptable. It would have been a burden for everyone—especially subway and bus riders. That’s why I voted for the MTA bailout plan—to keep our transit system affordable and reliable.”

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto

Michael R. Benedetto

3369 E. Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461