Friday, October 26, 2007

Fare reduction would raise more $$$

Rather than raising the fare, the MTA could solve all its financial woes by lowering it.

'FARE CUT' IS WAY TO $$ TRAIN

If the bus and subway fare was cut from $2 to $1.50, and the weekly and monthly discounts were eliminated, the MTA would actually see a $323 million, or 16 percent, boost in revenue - more money than it needs, say advocates of the plan. And as a result, nearly three-quarters of all riders would pay less than they do now.

Mayor Bloomberg not convinced MTA fare hike needed

Bloomberg Thursday said he's not convinced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed increases are warranted.

He said the top priority should be how to expand the mass transit network of subways, buses and commuter train lines that will be needed because of a projected population boom.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once again.....
that mysterious "projected population boom"
spews from Bloomberg's mouth!

One million more people by 2030 eh ?

Is that a figure conjured up
in the smoke filled back rooms of city hall
(attended by builders and politicians)....
just so the campaign contribution wheels
are assured to be greased in the future ?

We need to build more ?
We're bursting at the seams already!

We need to realistically control growth in NYC.

Our infrastructure can't even handle the current load!

Put a condom on your thinking....your "honor" !

Anonymous said...

In the past the city did nothing to stop the LIRR closing stations such as the Elmhurst station on Broadway. I suggest that a metrofare zone be established for the LIRR anywhere it serves in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Restore lost service to stations previously closed. Add stations where possible if not disruptive to our immediate neighborhoods. This Infrastructure should be maximized as it cannot be replicated today. The LIRR transports the masses from LI through our area we are entitled to be served by it within our areas.

Anonymous said...

They should expand the subway into eastern Queens and quiet the anti-congestion price whiners.

Their needs for the 'right neighborhood' by keeping out the 'riff-raff' is failing anyways, and there are real emergency issues that arise from a permanent gridlock in Manhattan.

Sorry, Vicky, just because you are lazy want to take your gas-guzzling boat into Manhattan shouldn't mean that someone's amublance gets caught in traffic.

rexlic said...

Well put, Anonymous. Along with cutting down trees--since, after all, the plan is to plant more trees--another example of Mayor McCheese's contradictions is between his image as a "green" thumb and that of the million extra souls he's beckoning here by 2030. There was something back in the day, your honor, known as ZPG. No, not the latest club drug, but "Zero Population Growth," and it was a linchpin of the environmental movement. The stupidity of hoping to add another 1M people here is that we've already gone up by roughly that amount, since NYC's population ebbed a few decades back. The results, as Queens Crap so well demonstrates, are already around us. Lagos, Mexico City...Gotham?

Anonymous said...

Their needs for the 'right neighborhood' by keeping out the 'riff-raff' is failing anyways, and there are real emergency issues that arise from a permanent gridlock in Manhattan.

Sorry, Vicky, just because you are lazy and want to take your gas-guzzling boat into Manhattan shouldn't mean that someone's ambulance gets caught in traffic.

verdi said...

Thanks "Rexlic"......
ZPG is a great idea....who's time to come is NOW !

Michael said...

The truth of the fact is that if the economy of NYC does not decline to the scale that it did in the 1970's the population of the city will continue to grow (although 1 million is not a guarantee by any means).
The prime growth area WILL BE Queens which has the largest amount of land with also the smallest amount of multi family dwellings (excluding Staten Island, is it really part of NYC?)
So enough talk of transit growth in Manhattan, we need to litarally double the size of the subway and rail system in Queens (buses are bullshit, they only add to traffic and are expensive) We also need to decentralize the business center of NYC. There needs to be encouragement ot businesses not to have to be in Manahattan. More businesses to downtown Brooklyn to Queens Plaza even to Kew Gardens. We need to designate more commercial high rize zoning and give the tax incentives for companies to move there yet still be within shouting distance of Manhattan thus increasing outerborough economic growth and having less centralized commuting patterns. Fortune 500 companies are for imagination but you could see media companies moving to a commercial higrise area in Williamsburgh and more back office work moving to the outer boroughs. If JetBlue can flourish in Kew Gardens why cant any other company. Also there is no reason why any city agency other than business oriented agencies to be HQ'd in Manhattan. They should all be moved to the outer borough and the land sold thus increasing NYC coffers. Why is One police plaze HQ'd by City Hall, to look good in the media? Same goes with the MTA HQ, and every other agency.