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WFP to MTA: W.T.F.?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Poster

That's the theme of a new poster the Working Families Party is distributing, part of a campaign that targets state senators who aren't getting behind the MTA bailout package. The Working Families Party was a major part of the Democratic takeover of the State Senate last November, and as one politico put it 'no one wants a primary.' Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have gotten behind a plan to raise tolls and impose a payroll tax to bailout the MTA, but so far State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has been unwilling -- or unable, or both -- to rally his conference. Some transit activists have been wondering aloud why the WFP hasn't yet gotten involved, but their current activity is getting a warm embrace...and some transit activists even see it as their last best hope for an end to the logjam.

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Comments [3]

Ruben Safir

That is exactly right Michael. The MTA buys a billion dollar junk we don't need and then dumps on the outerbroughs in order to blackmail the public for the 50 billion dollars of things we don't need or want. Think I'm kidding. In March the MTA declared that it has plans for $50,000,000,000 worth of more "improvements" but has only identified $5,000,000,000 in funds.

We have to put a stop to the MTA and guaranteeing them more perpetual and unsupervised funding is OUT OF THE QUESTION.

Ruben

Apr. 09 2009 08:34 PM
Cap'n Transit

If you go to their website, http://haltthehike.org, the "WTF?" is not aimed at the MTA, it's aimed at the State Senate. Not as nice a headline, but more accurate.

Apr. 09 2009 08:23 AM
michael

so are we paying for these new computer billboards that show you where the train is before it reaches the station with these fare hikes ?? do we need that ?? who pray tell has that contract ?? this is coming to all stations - yet no trains will be coming ??? anoither farce to line someones pockets and let the rest of us pay for it - call obama..........

Apr. 08 2009 09:07 AM

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