March 1st 2013 is shaping up to be a very big day for transportation this year with 2 major events locally and nationally.
For the 4th time in 5 years traveling within the New York Metro area will increase across the board:
-A single ride Metrocard will go up from $2.25 to $2.50;
-A seven day unlimited Metrocard will increase from $29 to $30;
-A monthly Metrocard will go up from $104 to $112;
-If you put at least $5 on a Metrocard the bonus will decrease to 5% from7%;
-There will also be increases on Metro North and LIRR fares based on distance and time of day.
Although fare increases are needed to keep a system as large and complex as our running 24/7, the increases impact some more disproportionately than others.
Also looming in the air for the transportation community is a reduction to the Federal Aviation Administration budget.
If the budget cuts, known as sequestration, cut $600M from the FAA budget, air traffic controller furloughs are inevitable. In addition there will be a reduction in customs and security officials and in smaller cities air traffic towers will be forced to close.
Cuts will result in significant delays getting through security as well as getting flights off the tarmac. The 3 New York City Metro airports are all amongst the 20 busiest airports in the United States, so the impact could be severe to the transportation infrastructure as well as economically as flights are delayed and outright cancelled.
The cuts can be prevented if congress comes to an agreement in the next 4 days.
This is a busy week for transportation, so check out the Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 27th to stay informed and share your concerns! The meeting will be held at Kaffee 1668 — 275 Greenwich Street (between Warren and Murray Streets). For more info, email Max and Ashely: [email protected]