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.

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Gene Russianoff on What’s Next for MTA Rescue

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Pols Skeptical Ahead of Ravitch Report Release

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The panel headed by former MTA chief Richard Ravitch held its first public hearing yesterday at NYU’s Kimmel Center. Representatives of advocacy groups, local government, think tanks, trade associations, and unions gave the commission a variety of proposals, including but certainly not limited to road pricing, to help the MTA navigate its funding crisis. Streetsblog […]

Tell State Legislators to Avert MTA Doomsday

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