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Pro-Transit Groups say Cuomo Proposal to Abolish MTA "Empty Rhetoric"
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 11:49 AM
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) You might think pro-transit groups would be allies with New York Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo (he's not the guy who wants to "take a baseball bat" to Albany). But Transportation Alternatives and the left-leaning Drum Major Institute have released a 5-step plan for stabilizing the NYC MTA's finance. And they don't seem too happy with the Democrat, and what he's said (and not said) about how he'd finance the MTA. (He hasn't said.)
From their press release:
"Empty rhetoric about abolishing or restructuring the MTA fails to address the heart of the matter: how the gubernatorial candidates would hold state lawmakers accountable for decisions that caused the severe service cuts and painful fare hikes now disproportionately affecting lower and moderate income working families,” said John Petro, urban policy analyst at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. “To be a true Albany reformer, our next governor must have a real vision and plan for how to tame the MTA’s runaway debt and establish more sustainable revenue so that the public transit system serves all New Yorkers.”
Cuomo's presenting an "urban agenda" today. We'll have more later.