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Politicians have a lot more to do with crowded trains, late buses, dangerous intersections, and new bike lanes than many people realize. We wouldn’t be preparing for a $100 (or $130?!) MetroCard if state lawmakers had voted to fund the MTA with measures like congestion pricing or East River bridge tolls — and hadn’t voted to siphon $143 million from the public transit system and use it for other programs last year. And new ways of getting around, like better bus and bike lanes, can be helped or hindered by our elected officials. To get candidates’ views on these very bread-and-butter issues, Transportation Alternatives has taken the lead on organizing three transportation-related debates ahead of the NYC primaries, starting this … More >>
Have an idea for fixing the MTA, or improving education in New York City? The New York State Democratic Committee wants to hear from you. They’re launching a new initiative called Road to 1000 Democratic Ideas. Any idea, big or small, is welcome: The most innovative, original, and compelling solutions will be passed along to Andrew Cuomo and Robert Duffy, who will consider including them as part of their New NY Agenda. Now’s your chance to make your voice heard. You can submit your ideas here.
There’s a new MTA subway map! And the Times shows how the island of Manhattan has waxed and waned over time:
Albany hasn’t had a great record on public transit issues recently. But state elected officials have a chance to pass legislation that would mean an easier commute for millions of transit riders: Allowing large cities to use bus lane enforcement cameras. Like red light cameras, these would take photos or short video of license plates when a driver illegally holds up busloads of people by parking in a bus lane, and a ticket would arrive in the mail. (They’ve been used successfully in London and other cities around the world.) 2.4 million New Yorkers take the bus every day, according to MTA statistics. But the city’s buses are also some of the slowest in the country. According to the Straphangers … More >>
Ready to pay more for less subway and bus service? On Friday, the New York Post reported that the MTA may raise fares this year, as the transit agency’s finances continue to deteriorate. The package of transit, student MetroCard, and paratransit cuts currently planned would close a $383 million budget gap — but since they were announced, that gap has grown to $750 million. What are some of the reasons? Per the Post, “the state cut aid to the MTA, took money from its tax revenues, and miscalculated how much the agency would get in payroll tax revenues.” Responding to the story, Streetsblog dug a little deeper into last year’s budget deal (the same one where the state basically abandoned … More >>