Support the MTA Rescue: Be Your Own Lobbyist

As debate on the MTA rescue plan is reduced to stall tactics and race-baiting, the Campaign for New York’s Future is organizing a Lobby Day citizen bus trip to Albany, set for next Wednesday, March 18.

With several State Senators saying they will refuse to pass a funding plan that includes bridge tolls, your voice is crucial to make sure our leaders know that a fair transit funding plan asks everyone who benefits from transit to contribute – including businesses and drivers – not just transit riders.

Most importantly, your presence in Albany puts a human face on the transit crisis by telling the story of one of the many constituents – YOU – who would be impacted by the whopping 23% fare hike and draconian subway and bus cuts.

The RSVP deadline is this Friday. Sign up here.

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Tell State Legislators to Avert MTA Doomsday

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. […]

Albany Didn’t “Cut” the MTA Budget. They Stole From It.

As part of December’s deficit reduction package, Albany lawmakers took dedicated transit tax revenue from MTA operations to fund other parts of the state budget. The $190 million pot of money is known as the state’s 18-B obligation to the MTA. The total MTA operating budget is nearly $12 billion (with a "b"). When the […]

Streetfilms: Straphangers Tell Albany to Save Transit

Wednesday was Lobby Day in Albany, and among those descending upon the capitol was a busload of New York City transit riders, organized by the Campaign for New York’s Future, who support East and Harlem River bridge tolls as part of the MTA rescue plan. Before the day was out, the group of some 50 […]

Transit Riders to Albany: Get to Work on a Real MTA Solution

Photo: Ben Fried. Yesterday’s rally in Union Square drew hundreds of transit riders calling on the State Senate and Albany leaders to enact a long-term solution for the MTA’s enormous funding shortfall. Judging by the cheering sections in the audience, most of the crowd was mobilized by the Facebook group "1,000,000 People Against the NYC […]

Budget Deal Prevents MTA Collapse, But Keeps Fuse Lit on Debt Bomb

The MTA doesn’t face an immediate crisis thanks to the budget deal struck by Albany’s leadership yesterday. But with the deal continuing to rely on debt to pay for the next three years of repairs and expansions, it doesn’t put the region’s transit system on firm financial footing either. Earlier this month, Senate Republicans issued a […]