MTA chief reacts to amNewYork cover story
MTA Executive Director and CEO Elliot Sander at a news conference Thursday responded to three angry riders who aired their despair about fare hikes and service cuts in an amNewYork cover story. (Read it after the jump.)
The riders Tom, Kevin and Alex told the MTA that service cuts would mean reverting to the 1970s, and a fare hike is inevitable because the agency never listens to riders.
Let me say to Kevin and to Tom and to Alex these cuts and the hike are anathema to us, Sander said. It is not what we want to do.
Sander spoke to the riders after he proposed a 23 percent fare hike next spring and very severe cuts in subway and bus service at an MTA board meeting. He noted the hike and cuts would be necessary to close a $1.2 billion gap in the agencys budget unless proposals from the Ravitch Commission, a governor appointed body charged with finding funding for the MTA, were approved by Albany.
I would urge Kevin, Tom and Alex to urge their elected officials to implement the recommendations of the Ravitch Commission so we can prevent these cuts and service hikes, Sander said.Click to enlarge