How will NYC fund mass transportation needs? (commentary)

PenneyVanderbilt

When it comes to public transportation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent  speech on his proposed $82.1 billion 2016-2017 fiscal year budget sounded great but provided little substance. He failed to give any specifics of how he will come up with $2.5 billion promised to meet the shortfall in the proposed $28 billion 2015-2019 MTA Five Year Capital Plan.

The Mayor is kicking the can down the road. He hasn’t given any specific information on how the MTA and NYC will come up with funding to implement transportation projects advocated by many other NYC elected officials, constituents and transit advocates.

Just where does de Blasio stand on these ideas? Many NYC Council members are supporting the Commuter Rail Fare Equalization Proposal. This would allow NYC residents to pay the same $2.75 fare on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro North Rail Road as riding the New York…

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