Don’t Increase New York Bus and Subway Fares

Target: Mayor Bloomberg and Joseph Lhota, CEO of Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Goal: Do not raise subway and bus fares in 2013

In March 2013, the seventh MTA fare hike in ten years will go into effect unless we do something to stop it. The MTA is widely used by working class New Yorkers who lack the funds to use cabs and can’t afford their own driver like Mayor Bloomberg. Thousands of New Yorkers are also struggling financially due to the loss of their homes and property resulting from Hurricane Sandy. And many New Yorkers weren’t able to get to work due to the destruction and are still catching up on bills. But that didn’t stop the MTA from voting unanimously to raise the fares in 2013. We must tell Mayor Bloomberg and Joseph Lhota we will not accept another fare increase in 2013.

The walls of subway stations and platforms are covered with advertisements. The MTA doesn’t disclose how much it charges for advertising space, but it’s been reported that they earn over $100 million per year from ad space sales. It is also going to begin selling advertising space on metro cards. It seems the MTA makes more than enough money by allowing the walls in subway cars and stations, and now metro cards, to be used by advertisers. That coupled with the continuous increase of fares should lead New Yorkers to wonder: where is all the money going?

A 2011 report exposes how supervisors were signing off on their own timecards and consequently inflating salaries and pensions. These abuses of power cost more than $1 million. A 2009 statement explained how the MTA admitted to spending $600,000 in five years in medical-exam perks for top administrators, funded by tax payers. Who knows how many more abuses of power like this are going on?

Protests were organized prior to the last MTA fare increase, and only a few hundred people showed up to fight for a cause that affects millions of financially burdened people. Fares were raised and all New Yorkers have done is complain about it. It’s time for Americans to stop paying the price for the greed and corruption of those in administrative positions. Use this opportunity to use your voice to tell Mayor Bloomberg and Joseph Lhota we will not accept another increase in MTA services in 2013.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Bloomberg and Joseph Lhota,

Despite Hurricane Sandy financially crippling thousands of families, you are still continuing with plans to raise MTA fares in March of 2013. Along with families being burdened from Hurricane Sandy, rent, food prices and other living expenses have continued to rise while incomes have not. Despite known misappropriation of MTA funds, you still continue to allow the already struggling working class to be burdened.

The MTA is used by millions of working class New Yorkers who have helped sustain this city in difficult political and economic times. Mayor Bloomberg, we’ve allowed you to let police pepper spray peaceful protesters, we’ve allowed you to cut funding for schools, we’ve let you insult and mock citizens of this city and we’ve allowed you to raise MTA fares six times in the past ten years. We’ve had enough. We urge you not to increase the MTA fares in 2013.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: 911.crearium.com

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