NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nobody likes a fare hike when it comes to public transportation, but a straphangers’ advocate said Saturday that a hike may be fair and necessary for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said it is legitimate for riders to shoulder some of the cost of running a system that has made some service improvements.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Signs Gender Recognition Act, Expanding Protections For Transgender And Non-Binary New Yorkers
Advocates, according to Russianoff, are also fretful about a vast gap in the MTA’s $30 billion capital plan with the transit system.
“They’re $15 billion short,” he said. “That’s giving the riders the short end of the stick, and we hope to work with our legislators leaders in Albany.”