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Tell State Legislators to Avert MTA Doomsday

4:23 PM EST on February 18, 2009

This afternoon, the State Senate is holding a hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall to review the Ravitch Commission's MTA rescue plan. Albany has until March 25th to stave off major fare hikes and service cuts, a doomsday scenario that would spell disaster for transit riders and choke New York City streets with more auto traffic.

If you couldn't make it to the hearing today, the Campaign for New York's Future has an email action to voice support for a plan, like Ravitch's, that asks drivers and businesses to provide a stable funding stream for transit. An MTA rescue package that puts a price on free bridges would do far
more to reduce traffic congestion than an alternative like Bill
Thompson's proposal to raise vehicle registration fees, so I suggest a slight edit to the email script that will reach your state reps:

...riders cannot bear the brunt of this crisis alone -- we need contributions from all sectors, including businesses and drivers who currently commute via free bridges, because all sectors benefit when the trains and buses move millions of New Yorkers every day.

Tell us in the comments how you personalized your message.

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