For Immediate Release: August 23, 2018
Howard Beach, New York -- U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today joined New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich to condemn the deplorable condition of mass transit service in the city and state, and pledged, if elected, to increase federal aid to alleviate future MTA fare hikes.
“New Yorkers are getting shortchanged, and they are paying for it with delays, longer commutes, higher fares and a reduced quality of life,” said Farley.
New York state is home to almost 40 percent of the nation's transit riders yet receives less than 16 percent of federal Highway Trust Fund monies. The disparity between New York’s share of ridership and allocation of federal dollars is being felt acutely by straphangers who are suffering under one of the worst transit crises in our lifetime.
This federal funding disparity is reflected in New York’s overall status as a donor state. New York sends $48 billion more to Washington than we get back every year. That deficit is only expected to increase with recent changes to the federal tax code in which Senator Gillibrand walked away from negotiations.
Councilman Ulrich said, "While Cuomo and De Blasio play pass the buck, straphangers are left to pick up the tab, all the while Kirsten Gillibrand does nothing. We need help from Washington.”
In January 2011, the New York City subway had an average on-time performance of 85.4 percent. Today that number stands at an embarrassing 58.1 percent. These New York City Transit (NYCT) delays cost the city economy almost $400 million per year. Moreover, the deterioration of service has led to a two percent reduction in overall ridership as riders flee the system for more reliable forms of transportation.
“MTA has the worst on-time performance of any major rapid transit system in the world – it’s incomprehensible to consider charging higher fares for the worst service in America. In Washington, I will fight for our fair share of funding to repair and improve the system,” said Farley.
Councilman Ulrich concluded, “We need a Senator in Washington who will fight, who will partner with local leaders and is committed to fixing problems we face every day in New York. We need Chele Farley in Washington to make sure we finally get our fair share.”
Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Farley lives in New York City with her husband Richard and their three sons. For more information about U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, please visit www.CheleFarleyforSenate.com.