NICE Head Recommends Fare Hike for Nassau Bus Riders

Nassau transit riders may soon face higher fares.      | Photo: Howard Schnapp/Newsday

Last week, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) chief Michael Setzer recommended the bus system adopt higher fares in order to maintain the same fare structure as the MTA. Because NICE buses also accept the MTA’s MetroCard, transfers between systems are free when fares […]

Nassau Hearings to Explore Effects of MTA Fare Changes

How will MTA fare changes impact NICE riders? Attend a Jan. 10 hearing to find out. | Photo: Newsday

The Nassau County Bus Transit Committee will hold hearings this month to explore the anticipated effects that MTA’s fare changes may have on the NICE bus system. Both hearings will be held on Thursday, January 10 at 2 […]

City and State Pledge to Partially Fill MTA Plate

Speaker Quinn appeared at a Tuesday rally in support of free student MetroCards.

The outrage surrounding the MTA’s proposal to stop subsidizing free NYC student MetroCards has gotten a swift response from NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and state officials.  In a press event last Tuesday, the Speaker, along with the Straphangers Campaign, […]

Advocates Blanket LI Bus Stops in Mineola, Hempstead

While MTA transit riders are facing draconian reductions in service once again, LI Bus riders are having a particularly rough year. They have faced service cuts and/or fare hikes not once, not twice, but now an unprecedented three times.

TSTC's Kate Slevin spoke with bus riders in Hempstead yesterday.

In response, advocates from […]

Five Ways to Stop MTA Service Cuts

Top: Students and community activists protested in East New York against a plan to end the student MetroCard program. Bottom: NYC Council Speaker Quinn and Councilmember Vacca held a press conference with advocates at City Hall.

Today, despite protests citywide, the MTA Board approved a package of drastic service cuts and an end […]

NYS Legislature May Have Staved Off Transit Doomsday, But Has More Work Ahead Of It

The MTA's funding saga may have catapulted transportation into the "top tier" of issues that the media and public care most about.

Gov. Paterson and the New York State Legislature agreed on a transit funding plan today that they estimate will generate $2.26 billion for the MTA and prevent deep service cuts and […]

NY State Senate Planning Vote on MTA Bill Next Week

Update 4/28: The Senate plan was voted out of the Transportation Committee yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile, the MTA’s budget projections have officially worsened.

The New York State Senate’s latest plan, announced earlier this week, has now arrived in bill form, though it has not been introduced yet. Here are the draft bill text and […]

Profiles in Government Dysfunction

Sometimes it becomes very clear why many people don’t trust government. When government agencies and officials are slow to respond, give incorrect information, or just don’t perform the duties charged to them by the public, the result is the loss of public trust. Here are three recent examples — two which Tri-State directly experienced, […]

Paying More for That MetroCard? Send New York Pols the Bill

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 […]

"Senator Johnson, help Long Island Bus riders."

Protesters told Sen. Craig Johnson to "Earn our trust, support the bus!"

A 75% fare increase for Long Island Bus, and a 23% LIRR fare increase with deep service cuts, aren’t fair. The Tri-State Campaign, Long Island ACORN, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Able-Ride, and others brought that message to the office of […]