Even though negotiations over an MTA rescue plan are now at a standstill, New York’s elected leaders say there won’t be fare hikes and service cuts. Today Gov. Paterson said of the fare hikes, “We are not going to put that burden on the people.” For his part, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, “we will succeed, I believe, in overturning the draconian service cuts and the outrageous increases in fares that the board has proposed.” And Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith? His spokesperson said yesterday that “our conference is confident that we will have worked out a plan with the Assembly, the governor and the MTA.”
The Keep New York Moving coalition is holding them to their words by billing them for the fare increases that commuters will endure if Albany can’t agree on a transit rescue plan. Invoices were handed out to straphangers at Manhattan’s Union Square this morning, and 200 of those have already been sent [as of 1 pm. -SH]. NYC Transit riders can also download an invoice through TSTC.
So, despite the Albany impasse, don’t worry about the fare increase. Just send Senator Smith, Speaker Silver, and Gov. Paterson the bill.