Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON MTA’S FINANCES

     The New York State Senate Transportation Committee today held a public hearing on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) finances. 

     “The MTA has a budget of over $13 billion. Fare payers deserve to know how the MTA is spending that money. Through this hearing, the Committee heard directly from the MTA leadership about its current financial state, measures it is taking to improve service and efficiency, and how it plans to lower its costs and make using the MTA more affordable for riders and drivers,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

October 10, 2013
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SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON MTA’S FINANCES

      Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, announced that the committee will be holding a public hearing on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) finances. The hearing will provide the Committee with an update on the MTA’s capital spending plan and operating budget as they pertain to each MTA agency. 

October 7, 2013
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$1.8 Billion Awarded to Build 676 New LIRR and Metro-North Rail Cars

The Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved a contract with Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. for up to $1.83 billion to design and build the next generation of rail cars for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. The MTA expects up to 676 cars will be assembled at Kawasaki’s plant in Yonkers and anticipates up to 1,500 people will be employed in New York State.

September 19, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS ATTENDS RESIDENTS FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PORT WASHINGTON DISCUSSION ON LIRR PROJECT

State Senate Jack M. Martins attended a discussion held by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington concerning a project to expand the tracks on the Port Washington train station. Work proopsed at the Port Washington yard calls for an extension of the existing tracks on the Haven Avenue side as well as on the S. Bayles Avenue side. 

According to the LIRR, the benefits include up to nine more trains between Port Washington and Manhattan. The discussion, hosted by Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, enabled community leaders and elected officials to voice concerns and discuss the potential impact of the project. The community stakeholders vowed to work together to make sure the best interests of Port Washington are protected. 

July 31, 2013
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MTA FULL LINE REVIEWS PIONEERED BY DANIEL SQUADRON NOW HEADED TO CO-OP CITY

Agency Bringing Full Line Review to Co-Op City Buses to Improve Service

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron welcomed today's news that the MTA will look at ways to improve bus service to and from Co-Op City with a Full Line Review -- the comprehensive study originally pioneered by Squadron and the MTA in 2009 that has already led to major improvements along the F, L, and G lines. 

July 22, 2013
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SQUADRON WELCOMES MTA FUNDING TO IMPROVE G TRAIN

 

Increased Service is Result of Full Line Review Requested by Squadron & Dilan; Riders Will Also See Less Bunching, End of G Train Sprint

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron responded to news that the MTA has found funding to increase service along the G train, as reported this morning. The service increase was recommended in the G Train Full Line Review, conducted by the MTA at the request of Squadron and Senator Martin Dilan, and released last week. 

July 22, 2013
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NYS Senator Adams joins TWU members at the Flatbush Avenue Bus Depot to Discuss Assaults on Bus Operators

NYS Senator Adams joins TWU members at the Flatbush Avenue Bus Depot to Discuss Assaults on Bus Operators

July 19, 2013
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SQUADRON/DILAN-REQUESTED FULL LINE REVIEW WILL LEAD TO MAJOR G TRAIN IMPROVEMENTS

Review Conducted for Senators and Advocates Recommends 25% More Evening Rush Trains, Station Improvements to Address Notorious G Train Sprint

Squadron, Dilan, MTA, Riders Alliance Celebrate Big Win for Growing Brooklyn & Queens Neighborhoods

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and the Riders Alliance announced that the G train Full Line Review requested by Squadron and Dilan earlier this year will lead to major improvements along the line, including recommendations of a 25 percent increase in evening rush trains and new station improvements to end the notorious "G Train Sprint."

July 15, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO MEETS WITH NEW MTA BOARD MEMBER FROM WANTAGH

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee, recently met with newly appointed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board member, and Wantagh resident, John Molloy. Mr. Molloy was recently confirmed by the New York State Senate to his new position.

     Senator Fuschillo congratulated Mr. Molloy on his new position and discussed a number of issues with him, including the future of the MTA, current MTA & LIRR services, and the need to cut costs and avoid fare increases to help make the MTA more affordable for residents.

     Senator Fuschillo (right) is pictured with new MTA Board member, and Wantagh resident, John Molloy (left).

July 9, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS EXPRESSES CONCERNS OF LONG ISLAND COMMUTERS

During the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the nomination of Tom Prendergast as new head of the MTA, Senator Jack M. Martins expressed the concerns of many of the commuters who take the LIRR into the city for work. Among the Senator's points were the frequently at which fare increases are sought and that Penn Station remains at its current capacity to service LIRR riders. Senator Martins had addressed this concern in his column, "From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins," which can be read by CLICKING HERE

June 21, 2013
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Statement from Senator Lee M. Zeldin RE: Senate approval of MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast

“Today, I join my colleagues in approving Thomas Prendergast, the Governors nominee to be the Chairman of the MTA.

As a member of the Senate standing Committee on Transportation, I had the opportunity to discuss with the New MTA Chairman my concerns with the way the MTA currently operates, and some suggestions on how to address those concerns including: enacting cost cutting measures, re-negotiating collective bargaining agreements, measuring the fiscal impact of the real estate transfer tax collections, selling off excess real estate holdings, reducing the cash and investment float and lowering the excessive number of managers and supervisors, just to name a few.

June 20, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO GIVE PUBLIC MORE INPUT ON PROPOSED MTA FARE, TOLL, AND SERVICE CHANGES PASSED BY SENATE

Legislation Would Require MTA to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Changes in Fares, Tolls, or Services in All Affected Regions

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to make it easier and more convenient for residents who would be affected by any proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare increase, toll hike and major service change to voice their concerns.

     The legislation (S776) would require the MTA to hold hearings in each county in which a fare, toll, and/or major service change is proposed.

May 29, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND LIRR ANNOUNCE $40 MILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT MASSAPEQUA TRAIN STATION

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks about the new $40 million improvement project at the Massapequa Train Station. He is joined by (l-r) Legislator Michael Venditto, Senator Kemp Hannon, MTA Board Member Mitch Pally, LIRR President Helena Williams, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, and Assemblyman Tom McKevitt.

May 17, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Highlight Major Economic Benefits to Bronx from MTA Metro North Expansion

 

 

Today, New York State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined union leaders, Bronx business owners, employers, homeowners and community leaders to announce economic benefit projections of the MTA Metro North transportation expansion into the Bronx.

May 15, 2013
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Senator Jeff Klein and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Highlight Major Economic Benefits to Bronx from MTA Metro North Expansion

 

 

Today, New York State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined union leaders, Bronx business owners, employers, homeowners and community leaders to announce economic benefit projections of the MTA Metro North transportation expansion into the Bronx.

May 15, 2013
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SQUADRON, COLLEAGUES URGE MTA TO RESCHEDULE L TRAIN SHUTDOWNS DURING KEY WEEKENDS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, Senator Martin Dilan, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Councilman Stephen Levin urged the MTA to reschedule planned shutdowns of the L train on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) and during the Northside Festival (June 15-17), key weekends for local small businesses.

May 2, 2013
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Senator Michael Gianaris Pushes Women’s Equality Agenda

Senator Michael Gianaris stood with the National Organization for Women and his Democratic colleagues to voice support for the Women’s Equality Agenda, a 10-point proposal offered by Governor Cuomo. The Women’s Equality Agenda aims to protect women’s rights and end discrimination based on gender. Senator Gianaris believes its passage is essential as New York continues to lead the way forward on the issue of women’s rights.

“New York has a great history as a progressive leader when it comes to women's rights and it is imperative that we continue to lead the nation on this critical issue,” said Senator Gianaris.

“Attempts to roll back hard-fought victories for women's equality are sweeping the country and have proven that this fight is far from over. Passing the Women's Equality Agenda would enshrine in law a woman's right to control her own health care decisions and would be a signal that the women's equality effort continues to move forward, with New York State leading the way.”

April 25, 2013
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

From the “Dept. of Bad Ideas”

I am convinced that somewhere there exists a dingy, grey room, tucked away in the bowels of a huge Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) office building, hidden from any sunlight, deprived of any fresh air, pipes incessantly dripping and smelling of mold and mildew, with the words “Dept. of Bad Ideas” carefully stenciled onto its glass door. There, the excuse-ridden agency hatches the illogical follies that are to be foisted upon sensible taxpayers and hapless commuters. Among the classics that have sprung from the brain trust located there:

April 24, 2013
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