Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Rant Against the MTA

In recent days, the MTA announced a plan to scrap the free and reduced priced MetroCard program for NYC public school students. The free-fare student program accounts for less than 2% of the total MTA budget but will affect over 400,000 NYC public school students. At the same time, other counties in the state, which rely on a yellow school bus to get their children to school, will continue to receive their bus services. In New York City, the yellow MetroCard is our school bus and I stand with NYC parents and politicians who will not stand for its proposed elimination.

So I urge everyone who reads this to sign a petition telling the MTA that it must take this proposal off the table. The MTA can be more creative in fixing its financial crisis than by bargaining with our children’s education.

Want to know more about the MTA's financial mismanagement? Read recent coverage of this issue in the New York Times, the Daily News and AM New York and on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's web site.

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