Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Oppose #MTA cuts

In December the MTA unveiled a package of service cuts that is a slap in the face to millions of New Yorkers across the five boroughs.  Your borough now faces critical cuts in service that will negatively affect the commutes of thousands of Queens residents each day.  Please click here to sign our petition and oppose these cuts!  Also, please attend the MTA's public hearing in Queens and the NYC Council's oversight hearing on these cuts.  Details are below: 

MTA Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 
6 p.m.
Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Phoenix Ballroom
135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens

NYC Council Oversight Hearing
Thursday, February 25, 2010
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall 

(For a complete list of public hearings by the MTA, click here.)

Among the proposed cuts to your borough are: 

  • Elimination of Student MetroCards 
  • $40 million in cuts to Access-a-Ride
  • Buses to be Eliminated: Q14, Q26*, Q42, Q74, Q75, Q79, Q89, X32, X51, QM22 and QM23
  • Buses to be Eliminated on Weekends: Q31, Q76 and B24
  • Buses to have their Overnight Services Eliminated: Q30 and B57
  • G train will be eliminated between Court Square and Forest Hills
  • W train will be eliminated.  The N will go from being an express to a local in Manhattan to replace the W.
  • M train service will be replaced by the V train.  V train riders will experience packed subway cars due to shorter trains serving M train platforms.
  • The following trains face reduced service, which will result in longer waits and more crowded commutes: F, J, 7, A and V trains.

* Service would be retained during weekday peak periods

Take Action!

  • Help us collect signatures for our petition, which we will deliver to each of the MTA's public hearings.  You can find our petition online by clicking here.

  • Sign up to volunteer!  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nick Rolf at NROLF@council.nyc.gov.

  • Urge the MTA to find alternative ways to prevent these terrible cuts.  To contact the MTA by phone, dial (212) 878-7483.  To contact them by e-mail, click here.

The NYC Council and the Straphangers Campaign have proposed an alternate budget solution that will allow us to avoid these painful service cuts.  To read more about our plan click here.  Or click here to read our Op-Ed in the Daily News.

With your help we can stop these drastic cuts and ensure greater input from Queens residents in the MTA's budget process.

Sincerely,
Christine C. Quinn
Speaker
New York City Council

James Vacca
Chair, Transportation Committee
New York City Council

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