KEEP NEW YORK STATE MOVING FORWARD – PRIORITIZE FUNDS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
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Dear Governor Cuomo:
We, the undersigned, urge you to work with the New York State Legislature to pass a fully funded capital plan for the MTA and to support the capital finance needs of public transit statewide.
The MTA has identified $32 billion in capital needs, but only approximately $17 billion in sources of funding. This capital program underpins the success of the entire regional economy, by investing in modern buses, subway cars and commuter rail cars; computerized signals to increase capacity and reduce crowding; safety measures such as new subway track to prevent derailments and Positive Train Control to keep commuter rail passengers safe; and rider information like countdown clocks and “Bus Time” technology to make transit a more convenient and accessible option.
Transit funding needs are not limited to New York City and MTA commuter rail; agencies across the state from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to Suffolk County Transit need state help to purchase modern buses and maintain basic infrastructure.
If new funding is not identified, public transit agencies will be forced to raise fares or reduce service to pay for these infrastructure needs—taking more money from the pockets of millions of daily riders, many of whom have no other transportation options.
We the undersigned, join with Assemblymember Jim Brennan (Member New York State Assembly, 44th Assembly District) in rejecting the practice of using some of these dedicated transit funds to plug other holes in the budget and to make funding public transit capital needs a top priority in 2015.
Support, don’t cripple our public transportation system!!
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