With our tolls and fares ready to spike 4% at 2 am this coming Sunday, there’s no better time to let Albany know that enough is enough. Our 100+ year-old transit system needs funding for modernization, maintenance, and increased service to support the 6 million riders currently using our subways and buses every day. And our roads and bridges need funding for repairs (when’s the last time you saw a pothole you loved?) and sustained upkeep to prevent us from sliding into the dark days of the 1980s, when a tourist was killed from a snapped cable on the Brooklyn Bridge. As NYC Traffic Commissioner, “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz actually had to shut down the Williamsburg Bridge in order to protect public health and safety and removed the trains from the Manhattan Bridge for safety issues.
It could all seem hopeless – as commutes over the last two weeks have been dubbed, “Horror Stories” by Move NY partner, Riders Alliance, and the MTA recently issued a report noting that subway delays were up 45% in 2014 compared to 2013, at a staggering 43,339 per month vs. 29,774.
But … where there’s a will, there’s a way.
New York’s success was built on a transportation system that was fast, safe, and fair. It’s time to return to those principles.
The Move NY team – based on hundreds of conversations with labor, business, community groups, transportation experts, and elected officials across the region – has come up with an innovative plan to make NY’s transportation system better for ALL New Yorkers.
By simply making the City’s tolling system fairer – reducing tolls that are too high and adding and restoring tolls where traffic is worst and transit options are plentiful – we can generate the revenue we need to maintain, modernize, and expand our aging transit system and improve our road and bridge network, creating 30,000+ new, local, annually recurring jobs in the process. That’s the Move NY Fair Plan in a nutshell, and it’s a shell that’s being cracked open, investigated, and endorsed by a wide swath of entities.
Endorsements are growing.
Just this week Deputy Leader, Council Member James Vacca (Bronx, District 13) and Senator Jose Peralta (Queens) endorsed the Move NY Fair Plan, and Brooklyn Community Board 8 endorsed as well. In the last few weeks, the following organizations, community groups, and businesses have joined the Move NY Coalition: Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, Cobble Hill Association, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, City Island Civic Association, Jackson Heights Green Alliance, Bx Arts Factory, Weidlinger Associates, and CDM Smith.
If your organization would like to endorse or have a MNY staffer make a presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As an article in the Gothamist noted this week, we all need to be letting our legislators know that we want a fully funded MTA. Anything else is unacceptable.
We are all in this together – straphangers, drivers, cyclists, bus riders, ferry riders, and pedestrians. If we stick together as closely as we are forced to in our over-crowded subway cars, we might just move the Governor and Legislature in the right direction. Will you join us by sending an email to your elected officials, asking them to support the Move NY Fair Plan?
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