New York, New York -- U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today joined state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and the chamber's Long Island delegation in calling for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to put any proposed 2019 fare hike on hold through at least 2021. In addition, Farley pledged to improve commuter travel by bringing back more federal transit aid to the state.
The MTA has scheduled an authority-wide four percent fare and toll increase that would take effect in March 2019 with another increase scheduled for 2021.
“The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is a disaster and riders shouldn’t have to pay the price for the incompetence that has resulted in the worst service in two decades,” said Farley.
She added, “Whether it is a pay raise for our troops or capital dollars to fix the LIRR, time after time Kirsten Gillibrand has failed to deliver for New Yorkers, passing only one bill in almost twelve years and presiding over the continued loss of vital funding to our state.”
New York State is home to almost 40 percent of all transit riders in the nation, yet incredibly receives less than 16 percent of federal transit funding. The disparity between New York’s share of ridership and allocation of federal dollars is being felt acutely by Long Island commuters who so often bear the double whammy of failing commuter trains and subway lines.
Concluded Farley, “New Yorkers already send $48 billion more to Washington than we get back, which is why we need a Senator in Washington who will fight for Long Island commuters. We need a Senator who is more interested in New York than Iowa or New Hampshire. That is the difference between do-nothing Senator/Presidential wannabe Kirsten Gillibrand and me. I look forward to delivering for these forgotten New Yorkers after our campaign defeats Kirsten Gillibrand on November 6."