Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Addabbo vs. MTA hike

The MTA has a widening budget gap of nearly $900 million and it expects transit riders to pay the bill. But I am not convinced that service has improved since March, even when the MTA raised the monthly MetroCard rate, a move that targeted commuters rather than tourists, yet the MTA expects the middle class to shell out more for the shortfall. We heard a similar theme in March when the mayor introduced congestion pricing as a way to funnel federal tax dollars to the subway system, which would've placed an undue financial burden on Queens residents, many of whom live in areas ill-served by public transportation. Queens is the fastest growing borough in the city, but we have disproportionately fewer subway lines, the majority of which run along the central arteries of the borough. Residents in southeast Queens, and even in areas such as Middle Village and Ridgewood, are not privileged with a great number of subway stops and rely overwhelmingly on surface transit. Neither of these two proposals, the fare hike nor congestion pricing, is right for Queens, which is why I oppose them both.

Fight the hike! Don't let MTA keep on milking middle class for cash

I'm starting a campaign to Fight the Hike in order to make our voices heard. Visit www.fightthehike08.com to register your opposition and find out what you can do to keep the subway affordable. Look for me at various Queens subway stops where I'll be out talking to commuters and collecting signatures, so we can let the MTA know that Queens says "no" to any future fare hikes.

More here: MTA fare hike plan bytes, 2 pols say

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go, Joe, go!

Anonymous said...

And here I thought he'd be at subway stations campaigning, LOL.

Anonymous said...

Why speak up now, 7 years into his term and ready to fly to another do-nothing position??? Another phoney trying to pull the wool over our eyes. We know he's full of hot air. Look at the mess in his district....disastrous, wanton over development. For shame.

Anonymous said...

So how is the MTA supposed to pay its expenses? I'm not saying I'm for a fare hike, but what is the alternative? It is easy to rant about a fee hike when you have no alternative plan to pay the bills.

Anonymous said...

You know Crap he won't do a thing against the MTA except his press release for his campaign which found its way into your site.

Is this the Queens Crap site or the Addabbo for State Senate site?

Queens Crapper said...

It is an excerpt from an Op-Ed that was in the Daily News and the link is provided.

Anonymous said...

Come on craper be better than the Daily News which copies press releases and prints campaign puff if a reporter gets a few bucks under the table from the candidate's public relations flack.

25 more Daily News reporters are going to be let go. Queens Crap is become the blog of record. Come on be better then they are

a friend

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe for being at Fresh Pond this morning to get my signature. Service sucks and the MTA don't merit a fare hike.

Anonymous said...

Wonton overdevelopment in Joe's district has its roots in the same places it does all over Queens. Greedy developers and real estates cramming the immigrants they exploit into every 1 & 2 fam in Ozone Park & Richmond Hill. Addabbo or Baldeo? I'll take Joe any day over the guy who has said penalizing homeowners who have people living in basements and cellars is discrimination on his immigrant base. Really now, I should consider voting for a guy like Baldeo who had self-certified work done on his own house by a self-certifier who got locked up for his shenanigans on other jobs?? Not in this lifetime!!!

Anonymous said...

Dummies your Subway and Bus fares are going up. Addabbo is just giving you false hope to get elected. Once in office he will use member items like they are do to stay elected.

So dummies stand in line and wait on over crowded trains and pay hiring fares. VOTE FOR GO ALONG JOE. HE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT GO ALONG IN THE COUNCIL IN 7 YEARS. EVEN VOTING TO RAISE YOUR PROPERTY TAX. So if he is your state senator he will in in office for 30 years long beyond the time the developers push you out.

Kaykordeath said...

I'm not adverse to a fair hike. But with it, there should be an end to the cuts in services. Outdated train cars need to be replaced. Bus routes need increased service. Stations need work/complete overhauls. We should have had a 2nd avenue train years if not a decade ago. Compared to public transit around the country, $2 is CHEAP. We've been coddled too long with cheap fares but the service is suffering for it.

Anonymous said...

"25 more Daily News reporters are going to be let go. Queens Crap is become the blog of record. Come on be better then they are

a friend"

Sounds like some indside info from someone at the Snooze. I sure hope they keep John Lauinjer. The guy is s decent writer when his editors aren't licking the asses of special interests and sending him to cover a Deli opening. Also, the guy keeps The Gap and Ambercrombie in business.