w8Hou 64 Posted July 20, 2010 Share #1 Posted July 20, 2010 MTA Cuts May Gut L.I. Bus Service More than 104,000 people rely on Long Island buses to get to work each day, making it one of the largest suburban bus systems in the country. However, according to a report in Newsday, the MTA was considering a plan to pull all funding from the bus system. Ryan Lynch, a spokesman for the Transportation Campaign, a group that supports regional bus service, said without the MTA money, the system "would literally be obliterated to almost nothing." Currently the Long Island Bus operates 47 lines with $40 million from the MTA, $44 million from the state and $9.1 million from Nassau County. "I would not reach work without it. I'm coming all the way from Brooklyn and I need the bus to take me to work," said rider Sharon Martin. This latest possible MTA cut was expected to be discussed at MTA budget meetings next week aimed at whittling down the agency's $800 million deficit. "The staff has been instructed to come up with fare proposals that would affect the least number of people," said Allen Cappelli, MTA Board Member. Among the other proposals being considered, sources told CBS 2HD's Marcia Kramer that the LIRR was planning to raise fares on the one hand, then decrease the discount on monthly tickets on the other. Regular discounts for buying in bulk throughout the MTA system were also expected to shrink. There will also be a cap on unlimited ride cards for subways and buses and the discounts for using E-ZPass at bridges and tunnels will be cut. "They would affect me greatly because I come all the way from Brooklyn and I depend on this bus every day," Nigel Wright said. "It's unconscionable. It's very, very, very, it's just not right," said Stan Sadofsky of Bellmore. "We're paying enough already." By comparison, the bus system in Suffolk County runs without MTA funds. Link: http://wcbstv.com/topstories/nassau.bus.service.2.1814211.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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