The MTA Board voted yesterday to slash our subway lines, bus routes, night and weekend service, and to end free farecards for New York City schoolchildren.
Even Ebenezer Scrooge would cringe. But the real problem isn't just the MTA - it's Albany.
A stunning Daily News article today says the Governor and state legislature quietly cut state funding for the student MetroCard program by 75% this year - leaving MTA officials little choice but to eliminate the whole program.1
Unless state leaders restore that funding, countless New York City families will have to spend thousands of extra dollars next year just to send their kids to school.
Tell Governor Paterson and your state legislators to restore funding for student MetroCards now:
The MTA board's vote yesterday was a huge disappointment, but the cuts can still be stopped. New York State and City elected officials are the ones who really decide whether the MTA gets the funding it needs - and they still have 6 months to come up with the money before the new cuts take effect.
What they need is a loud, clear message from New Yorkers that we're not going to let them take money from our kids - and our transit system - to cover up their budget woes.
Thousands of you have weighed in against these disastrous MTA cuts. Send a message to the Governor and state legislators that they need to stop them now:
WFP Executive Director
1) "Gov. Paterson, pols whacked student MetroCard program: Hidden deal revealed as MTA unveils cuts" Daily News. Dec. 17, 2009
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