Assemblyman Colton Fights to Stop MTA’s “Doomsday” Service Cuts and Fare Increases
The threat was real, and the Senate and Assembly worked tirelessly to reach a funding solution for the
MTA’s current financial crisis to minimize the impact on the millions of people who rely on our
subways and buses every day. Main highlights of the final compromise include:
Fighting against fare increases
The MTA proposed sky-high fare hikes at a time when riders are already financially strapped. The plan
prevented the 32 percent increase in fares - instead, commuters can expect a greatly reduced 10
It funds two years of capital projects, including vital transit and commuter rail maintenance
and modernization projects, and does not add new tolls on bridges that have historically been
Sharing the burden
The budget crisis facing the MTA is a regional problem, and the burden to make our transit system
whole must be shared by everyone, not just NYC riders. The compromise achieved protects services and
limits fare increases by instituting:
- an employer-paid payroll tax in the 12 counties served by the MTA;
- a 50-cent surcharge on taxi rides;
- a $25 increase in vehicle-registration fees in the MTA region;
- a 5 percent increase in the auto-rental tax in the MTA region; and
- a $2 per year increase in driver license fees in the MTA region.
Reforming the MTA
To ensure the future of New York’s transportation system, the MTA must be overhauled. Board members
should not be appointed without consideration of their relevant experience and expertise. The plan
requires a transparent process and long-term fiscal responsibility to root out MTA financial
mismanagement. It also creates a public input office where riders can voice their thoughts and
concerns about transit projects and service.
Preventing service cuts
The MTA had proposed service cuts including eliminating local bus routes, slashing weekend and late
night service, closing many subway stations overnight, and completely eliminating some subway lines.
For many of us, mass transit is the only way to get to work, the supermarket, place of worship, school,
The final plan stopped the following service cuts and eliminations that would
have affected our neighborhood:
- Elimination of X28 bus line
- Elimination of weekend service on B4 bus line
- Elimination of late night service on B9 and B64 bus lines
- Elimination of W subway line
- Increased wait times on B, D, F, M, and N subway lines
Protecting our Children
meets with community group members to discuss his legislation
which would increase penalties for those who attempt to lure and harm children using the internet.
staff are at Assemblyman Colton’s District Office, 155 Kings
Highway, between West 12 & West 13 Streets on the last Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. -
12:00 noon to assist seniors over 65, and those with disabilities in obtaining Reduced Fare
MetroCards. Remaining dates for 2009: 6/26, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/20, and 12/18. No
appointment is needed.
Bensonhurst Senior Center
, 7802 Bay Parkway, offers exercise, computer classes,
music, social dancing, parties, trips, arts & crafts and a daily hot lunch for a $1.00 donation.
Membership is free for persons aged 60 and over. There is a ground-level lift for persons with
walking difficulties. For information, call 718-943-6310.
Fighting for Public Transit
addresses the crowd gathered to rally in front of MTA
headquarters protesting the proposed fare increases and “doomsday” service cuts.
works with leaders from the United Federation of Teachers,
meeting in Albany to renew our commitment to funding our children’s education.
Defending our Quality of Life
Fighting against plans to construct a waste transfer station on Gravesend Bay, Assemblyman Colton
leads community members in speaking out to protect our neighborhood.
Encouraging Student Achievement
Students from the Brooklyn Studio Secondary School demonstrate the project they created for the
New York City History Day to Assemblyman Colton and staff member Nancy Stanco.