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B31 and Local Buses, Saved for Now… via Payroll Tax

B31 Early Morning

The state Legislature Wednesday night passed an MTA bailout to rescue millions of daily straphangers and drivers from a toxic mix of fare hikes and service cuts.

The transit-funding package will generate some $2.3 billion annually for the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority with a payroll tax and other revenue-raising measures – including a 50-cent surcharge on all yellow-cab rides.

Read more: “Albany to the rescue: Legislators derail ‘doomsday,’ pass MTA bailout

Legislative highlights:

* A single-ride MetroCard will be $2.25, not $2.50;
* The pay-per-ride discount will be 20% when you buy $7.50 or more;
* A 30-day MetroCard will be $89, not $103;
* Fare increases on LIRR and MetroNorth will be about 10%, as opposed to the 25%-70% hikes in the MTA “Doomsday” budget;
* The Doomsday service cuts will not happen, maintaining current levels of service;
* Two years worth of capital funding will ensure the MTA has the basic resources needed to continue to rebuild the system.

6 comments to B31 and Local Buses, Saved for Now… via Payroll Tax

  • trainman

    “The transit-funding package will generate some $2.3 billion annually for the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority with a payroll tax and other revenue-raising measures – including a 50-cent surcharge on all yellow-cab rides.”

    The other revenue you refer to is another assault on people who happen to own automobiles. The MTA is also raising tolls on their bridges and tunnels. Oh well, that’s it for now, we’ll be back in three or four years and go through this again and then again.
    What a city!

  • blueMagoo

    Who does the MTA and our elected officials think they’re kidding? They pull this garbage all the time when they threaten draconian service cuts and then try and make us poor abused taxpayers thankful that they have saved the day for us once again by only increasing the fare by this much and hit us with a little more tax on this and a little more fees on that. They had this all planned out from the get-go. They all think that most NY taxpayers a too dumb to notice.

    This is really getting old and maybe it’s a good time to vote all the incumbents out of office and maybe a few of the new people will finally get the message.

    • monsterzro

      even if it was $10 a ride, the MTA would find someway to lose money.

    • trainman

      “They had this all planned out from the get-go. They all think that most NY taxpayers a too dumb to notice.”

      Actually I think they ARE to dumb to notice or perhaps they’re so complacent because there wrapped up in their MTV’s world. Vote out all seated elected officials? Absolutely!
      First we need to dig up these big contributors to their election committees and then find out how that elected official is repaying them for their kindness. Do you think an elected official is going to bite the hand that feeds them? I think not.

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