For immediate release: Monday, October 5, 2015
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NYC Council Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez Endorses Move NY Fair Plan
Calls for Community Fund to Fill Transit Deserts Across Five Boroughs
(New York, NY) Today at an NYU Rudin Center for Transportation public forum, NYC Council Transportation Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez (10th District) called on Albany to enact legislation in support of the Move NY Fair Plan. He joins over three dozen City and State elected officials who have officially endorsed Move NY since its release in February 2015.
“Move New York is the most widely accepted plan for easing congestion and funding transit projects to date,” said NYC Council Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez. “There is no longer a question of should we pass this plan, but when. Working with Sam Schwartz and the Move NY coalition, I will commit myself, over the coming weeks and months, to ensure that my Council colleagues get behind this transformative plan.”
“Our streets are safer for pedestrians and cyclists because of Councilman Rodriguez’s leadership as Chairman of the Transportation Committee,” said Alex Matthiessen, President of Blue Marble Project and Move NY Campaign Director. “His all out endorsement of Move New York today reflects his strong commitment to delivering better transit and safer, less congested streets to all New Yorkers. We applaud his efforts and look forward to working with him and other leaders to make Move NY a reality.”
“As the Chair of Transportation, Council Member Rodriguez’s endorsement for Move New York sends a loud and clear message: the City is ready to fund the MTA. The Next Stop report put out by the Chair today is one of the most thoughtful and innovative plans I have seen by a city official; I applaud him!”, said “Gridlock Sam Schwartz. “We look forward to working with him and the rest of the City Council to ensure the City gets moving again.”
For months the State and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast have been calling on the City to increase its funding for the MTA 5-year 2015-2019 capital plan, which has languished in Albany since being rejected by a state review board in October 2014. Currently, an $11.5 billion gap threatens the Authority’s ability to enter into contracts and begin work on vital transit projects such as the extension of the Second Avenue line, upgrades to an antiquated signaling system, and much-needed work to keep the system in a state of good repair.
The State has committed to funding $8.3 billion but has yet to identify the source of funding to cover the costs. The MTA and Governor are looking to the City to pony up a total of $3.2 billion over five years — a huge increase over the $100 million per year the city has paid in recent years. The Move NY Fair Plan, developed by transportation guru, “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz and the Move NY coalition, would generate an estimated $1.345 billion annually ($12.9 billion when bonded) and help plug the hole in the MTA’s gap.
The remaining $4.5 billion could be allocated to specific transit and transportation investments throughout City neighborhoods, with a particular focus on addressing transit needs in underserved parts of Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. In addition, Move NY proposes extending City Ticket discounts on the LIRR and Metro North within city limits seven days a week, a reduction in Express Bus fares by $1, and $375 million annually to go to keeping the City’s roads and bridges in good repair.
Information regarding the Move NY Fair Plan can be found at www.iHeartMoveNY.org.