Today is a key advocacy day for transit riders statewide as legislators in Albany are in the final stages of putting together their one house budget bills, and the New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA) is asking every transit stakeholder to make their support for transit known. This is a critical time to reach out to State Senators and Assemblymembers and demand an increase to state transit operating assistance (STOA) and capital funding for both upstate and downstate transit systems, which face a collective capital need of $33 billion over the next five years. Governor Cuomo’s Executive budget keeps STOA flat and proposes little new capital funding for these systems, despite increased ridership across the state.
NYPTA asks that you specifically urge them to support:
- $25 million increase in STOA for upstate transit systems in 2015-16.
- $17.4 million increase in STOA to downstate suburban county transit systems in 2015-16.
- $100 million in capital funding to address transit infrastructure needs for both upstate and downstate suburban county transit in 2015-16.
- Fully fund the 5 year capital program for the MTA and for all other transit systems.
NYPTA’s 2015-16 state budget recommendations:
- Increase state transit operating aid to upstate transit systems by $25 million and to downstate suburban county systems by $17.4 million.
- Provide $100 million in state capital funding for the first year of the upstate and downstate suburban capital program.
- Develop a plan to fund the 5-year statewide infrastructure needs of the MTA and all other transit systems.
- Provide additional transition funding from non-transportation resources to assist rural transit systems in dealing with the impacts of state Medicaid transportation changes.
For more information, please contact Bob Zerrillo, NYPTA Policy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-434-9060; and Bob Reid, Legislative Counsel for Reid McNally & Savage at email@example.com or 518-465‑7330.