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GROWING CALL FOR PASSAGE OF MOVE NY LEGISLATION
23 Assembly Members from New York City, Long Island & Hudson Valley Unite to Raise
over $12 billion for NYC metro region’s transportation infrastructure
(New York, NY) Today, eight Assembly Members added their names to the growing list of Move NY supporters by joining Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez in calling for passage of Move NY Fair Plan legislation (A09633). The legislation was introduced in the State Assembly on March 23, 2016, with 14 co-sponsors representing New York City.
Assembly bill A09633 will raise $1.35 billion in new, annual revenue and, when bonded, will generate over $12 billion for upgrading our transit system, and road and bridge network. The legislation allocates over $7 billion to fund MTA capital needs, establishes a pair of $350 million Hudson Valley and Long Island Transit Gap Investment Funds, dedicates $375 million annually for maintaining the City’s roads and bridges, and creates a $4.5 billion Transit Gap Investment Fund to expand public transit and improve accessibility for millions of New Yorkers, particularly those who live in so-called “transit deserts.”
New co-sponsors representing the Hudson Valley, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan include Assembly Members Thomas J. Abinanti, David Buchwald, Vivian Cook, Earlene Hooper, Brian Kavanagh, Amy Paulin, Annette Robinson, and Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
“New York’s economy thrives on suburban talent traveling every day to jobs within the five boroughs. For too long, suburban transit needs have been an afterthought, even though riders rely heavily on Metro North, LIRR, and county bus service to get to work. On any given day, we’re all New Yorkers, and the Move NY bill levels the transportation field, regardless of zip code.” – Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez (Manhattan, 68th District).
The legislation allows for direct input from elected officials on where transit investments should be made. The $350 million Hudson Valley and Long Island Transit Gap Investment Funds will supplement existing county bus services by up to 10%, improve access to commuter rail by increasing parking capacity at select stations, adding shuttle service, and adopting other strategies for facilitating the use of LIRR and Metro North service. In addition, funding is provided for Bus Rapid Transit across the future Tappan Zee Bridge.
In New York City, elected representatives will oversee the allocation of $500 million dollars per borough for transit expansion in parts of the City where there’s no subway service and inadequate bus service. Additionally, each community board will receive $15-$21 million to repair stairways, improve station elevators, install bus shelters, and enhance Vision Zero streetscaping.
“Securing appropriate levels of funding to build and maintain an efficient, accessible, and reliable public transit system is essential to ensuring that New York is a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable city,” said Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh (Manhattan, 74th District). “I look forward to continuing to work with Robert Rodriguez and our colleagues on the approach to achieving that goal proposed in this legislation, and other efforts to address our many transportation challenges.”
Assemblymember Tom Abinanti (Greenburgh/Mt. Pleasant, 68th District) stated, “this is a good step towards modernizing transportation for those who commute and travel throughout the metropolitan region. It will guarantee proper funding for regional needs through cooperative action by New York City and suburban representatives.”
“It is important that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad, and new transportation options like the Tappan Zee/I-287 Bus Rapid Transit system are appropriately funded, and the new changes to the ‘Move NY’ legislation make it much fairer to the Hudson Valley,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (White Plains, 93rd District). “It is in that spirit that I am conveying my support of this transportation initiative.”
“As someone who is very concerned about greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, the Move NY bill just makes sense. This plan calls for expanded investment in mass transit infrastructure in urban and suburban communities and a permanent revenue stream. Planning for the future of public transportation is essential to curbing noxious gases and improving the lives of New Yorkers,” said Assemblymember Amy Paulin (Scarsdale, 88th District).
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (Bridgehampton, 1st District) stated, “I was pleased to join with Assemblyman Rodriguez in sponsoring this legislation. It will provide a solid funding source to close the MTA’s current budget gap and improve transit access, especially on the East End of Long Island where it is much needed. I look forward to working with Assemblyman Rodriguez, and all of the bill’s co-sponsors from New York City, the Hudson Valley and Long Island, to pass A.9633 prior to the adjournment of this year’s Legislative Session.”
“The improvement of the transportation system provides vital access to those who have been limited because of cost. Especially those living in two fare zones. I am pleased to support Move NY.” Assemblymember Annette M. Robinson (Brooklyn, 56th District).
“A growing movement of elected officials hailing from across the New York metropolitan area recognizes that investing in our transportation infrastructure is an investment in our future and vital to the future economic prosperity of our region,”said Alex Matthiessen, Move NY campaign director and president of Blue Marble Project“Unlike transportation plans of the past, the Move NY bill brings much-needed dollars to millions of commuters living inside and outside the five boroughs of New York City. We commend these visionary Assembly members for their dedication to providing 21st century transit services to the New York metro region and look forward to working with them and their Senate counterparts to ensure we #GetNYMoving again.”