Paterson’s MTA Rescue Bill Now Online

Included on the State Senate’s "MTA Ideas" web site is a PDF of the governor’s proposed MTA bailout plan. It is a huge bill which generally seems to echo the proposals made by the Ravitch Commission. Streetsblog will summarize the proposal as soon as we can digest its 78 pages. In the meantime, please share your impressions in the comments.

  • Reposting my comments from below – other than this, seems like legislation-speak.

    Few items of note on the Governor’s MTA bill:

    First, I-95/Trans-Manhattan Expressway drivers will not get tolled so long as they stay on the road and go through Manhattan into New Jersey. It would seem difficult to plug all of the holes on 95 through Manhattan, though, so there may be drivers who get off 95 onto the Henry Hudson/West Side Highway or local streets in order to avoid a $2 toll. Could create an even more monumental Cross-Bronx X-Way morning commute log-jam.

    Also, Governor’s bill proposes severing NYC Transit buses away from the subways to form the Regional Bus Authority. Not sure of the positives or negatives of that, but I imagine the more enlightened readers of this blog will be able to parse that out.


Today’s Headlines

Paterson, Silver, and Liz Krueger Reject Senate Dems’ MTA Plan (NYT, News, Post) News, Post Hammer Malcolm Smith and Fare Hike Four Nicole Gelinas Calls Their Proposal a ‘Phony Fix’ (Post) Jim Dwyer and Bill Hammond Think Smith Has to Woo GOP Senators to Rescue MTA (NYT, News) Sander Reportedly on the Way Out as […]

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