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.
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