Ways & Means of Transit Cuts

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The House Ways and Means committee voted to slash transit funding, a move that could cost New York City $1.7 billionAndrea Bernstein, director of the public radio Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, talks about the cuts and the likely outcome of the vote next week by the full House.


Andrea Bernstein

Comments [11]


Too many "sort of's" in Ms. Bernsteins' vocabulary.

Feb. 09 2012 11:20 AM
antonio from the old penn station

Don't the republicans see that if every small city or town in the united sates embraced a transit project (brt, light rail, hsr) they would create jobs!!!

Feb. 09 2012 11:19 AM

Hey! Let's bring back that circus clown, Peter S. Kalikow to head the MTA!

A silver spoon billionaire who has never stepped foot on a NYC subway car.

...replete with a $7 million Ferrari collection.

Peter "Oops, there's actually a billion dollar budget surplus" Kalikow.

What a pitiful joke.

Feb. 09 2012 11:16 AM
nyc resident

I have lived in Europe. Public transit works very well there; why is it such a problem in this country? Everyone thinks it is a miracle when there transit to an airport is built. When I lived in Germany, in a small country town, I could board a train and take it all the way to the airport in Frankfurt, ride a few escalators and board a plane...why is this concept too "socialist" for the anti-public transit individuals in Congress.
If the dedicated bus lanes are ENFORCED, then public transit would be more efficient. Once it becomes more efficient more people will use the system, etc.

Feb. 09 2012 11:15 AM

So simply maintaining the status quo, for public transportation, will require a lot of year-round negotiations...

..Give.John Baynard a break -- he's just finding ways to keep Congress busy!

Feb. 09 2012 11:14 AM
nyc resident

One more excuse for the MTA to initiate cuts and implement fare hikes. Right now they are sneaking in cuts b/c on the specific bus line I take every day, they skip one of the scheduled morning runs. It still appears on the posted schedule (online and at the bus stop), but no bus ever appears... Multiply this "small" anomaly by all the bus lines and one can only imagine how many cuts the MTA has implemented without anyone really noticing...

Feb. 09 2012 11:09 AM

why do republican hate modernity?
why don’t they think we should plan for the future with investments in infrastructure?
what is their motivation for making life harder for working people and why do so many people vote for them, against their own best interests

Feb. 09 2012 11:02 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Blame the oil lobby, and wait 'till the car industry starts lobbying again

Feb. 09 2012 11:01 AM
Bobby G from East Village

This is another example of Republican "my way or the highway" governing. Until they recognize that those who may disagree with them are not demons, the congress will continue to be paralyzed -- disuniting America.

I prefer the message of Clint Eastwood's Superbowl ad. Call me naive.

Feb. 09 2012 10:55 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

In theory, I love public transit: it cuts down on pollution and traffic and noise and it gets people who don't have personal vehicles from point A to point B.

On the other hand, I have found that it is often far more expensive and time consuming than driving.

Until this is reconciled, public transportation will live on the edge. We need enough money to make it faster and cheaper or it will die out.

Feb. 09 2012 10:26 AM
David from Manhattan

The House transit-starvers are utterly insane. Everyone in the US--even in the most rural places--benefits measurably from transit: The economically strongest cities are strong because transit allows large masses of people, in a small area, to go to work and conduct business. That's why so many US cities generate more tax revenue than the entire rest of their respective states! That benefits everyone, quite aside from the more well-known benefit of mitigating the over-saturation of roadways and all the ills that attend that.

Feb. 09 2012 10:14 AM

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