Riders Alliance Refuses Higher Fares for Worse Service, Reported by The Wall Street Journal

Posted on November 29, 2018

Subway Riders Sound Off on Proposed Fare Increases

Originally Published in The Wall Street Journal on November 27, 2018
Written by Paul Berger

The MTA instituted biennial fare increases beginning in 2009. Its latest proposed increase comes at a contentious time, as New York City’s subway and bus systems and the MTA’s two commuter-rail services have all become increasingly unreliable. The authority’s goal is to raise revenues by 4% net to keep up with inflation. The MTA’s chief financial officer recently warned board members that even with such increases in 2019 and 2021, the MTA faces a potential $1 billion budget deficit by 2022.

[M]embers of the advocacy group Riders Alliance said commuters shouldn’t pay more in return for worse service. Alan Ginsburg, a Riders Alliance member, said New York state should increase funding for the system. “For once, stop putting the burden on the average rider,” he said.

In recent weeks, Mr. Cuomo has also said he opposes raising fares and tolls until the MTA can improve service and cut inefficiency and waste.

Tuesday’s hearing was the first of a dozen sessions being held across the New York metro region to give riders a chance to comment on the proposals.

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