Issues: MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

SENATE PASSES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO RAISE FINES FOR FARE-BEATERS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to raise the fines for fare evasion on New York City Transit. The legislation would allow the MTA to raise the current maximum fine for fare evasion which is so low that it is often cheaper than paying the fare itself.

April 22, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND SENATOR ZELDIN OPPOSE MAYORAL CONTROL OF MTA

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced their strong opposition to a proposal to have the Mayor of New York City have control over the MTA.

April 11, 2013
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Riders Alliance, Senator Squadron, and Senator Dilan Urge MTA to Increase G Train Service to Keep Up with New Ridership Growth

New Numbers Show G Train Ridership Grew More Than Any Other Subway Line in 2012

Call for MTA to Consider New Data as Part of Full Line Review of G Train

BROOKLYN, NY—State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan and members of the Riders Alliance called on the MTA today to increase G train service in light of new ridership data that showed G train service increasing by a higher percentage than any other train in the last year.  G train service grew by 4.2% on an average weekday in 2012, according to new ridership data released by the MTA, carrying an average of 2,000 more riders each weekday than in 2011. 

April 10, 2013
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Legislative Report with Senator Dilan

Senator Dilan speaks with 14-year MTA Bus Operator and Fresh Pond Depot Chair, James Beard about the job, the B38 route in Brooklyn, Hurricane Sandy and Transit Worker Union Local 100's ongoing negotiations with the MTA.

March 14, 2013
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Tri-State Transportation Campaign | Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Winners

NY State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Dilan rallied with G train riders in Williamsburg last month. Their efforts resulted in an MTA decision to conduct a full review of the G train.

Read more at Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

February 27, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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MTA to assess complaints that much maligned G train is frequently overcrowded, delayed and rerouted

EXCLUSIVE: MTA answers calls issued by state Sens. Daniel Squadron, Martin Malave Dilan for full-scale analysis of G subway line.

Read more at New York daily News.

February 27, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN: MTA TO CONDUCT FULL LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Squadron, Dilan, Riders Urged Agency to Review G Train Last Month

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan announced today that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will undertake a Full Line Review of the G train at the Senators' urging. The review will be completed by the end of June 2013.

In a letter to the MTA sent on January 27th, Senators Dilan and Squadron urged the agency to conduct a Full Line Review of the G line’s performance – as the MTA has done with the F and the L lines in the past at Senator Squadron's urging. On the same day, Senators Dilan and Squadron and the Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders in Williamsburg. 

February 22, 2013
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Knickerbocker Ave M Station Reopen, Rehabilitation Complete

Senator Dilan recently joined MTA New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast to formally unveil the newly refurbished Knickerbocker Avenue M Line Station on Myrtle Avenue. The station was closed from August 18, 2012 to February 8, 2013 for rehabilitation.

The Knickerbocker Avenue M Station rehabilitation is one of a handful of upgrades the MTA has completed, and one of many slated for completion this year. These are necessary upgrades and I commend the MTA and Interim President Thomas Prendergast for recognizing a need and delivering for the riders of the M Line. I look forward to working with stakeholders and the MTA as more of these service restorations and upgrades are completed. 

February 11, 2013
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Lawmakers: G Train Riders Deserve Better Service

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two New York State senators called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Sunday to undertake a review of G train service in Brooklyn and Queens.Sens. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan) and Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) said Sunday that despite the booming growth of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn and southwest Queens along the G train line, frequency and rider communication have failed to keep up.

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From El Diario...Demandan mejoras en servicio del tren G

January 28, 2013
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SENATORS SQUADRON & DILAN CALL FOR FULL-LINE REVIEW OF G TRAIN

Following Riders Alliance Activism, Elected Officials Ask MTA to Consider Riders’ Requests and Service Issues

Electeds, Riders, Advocates Rally for a Better G Train in Williamsburg

BROOKLYN – State Senators Daniel Squadron and Martin Malavé Dilan called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to undertake a Full-Line Review of the G train as the Senators and Riders Alliance hosted a Rally For A Better G Train with elected officials, transit advocates, and riders this afternoon in Williamsburg.

January 27, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS MTA & LOCAL OFFICIALS AT OPENING OF DOUBLE TRACK INFORMATION CENTER

Double Track Project Will Help Create Jobs, Promote Economic Development & Improve LIRR Service  

January 17, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER TELLS MTA NOT TO BE A PLATFORM FOR HATE

For Immediate Release: January 9, 2012

(Brooklyn, NY)  Today, Senator Kevin Parker strongly urged the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to cease displaying anti-Muslim hate advertisements on their properties. In a letter to Acting Chairman Fernando Ferrer, Senator Parker presented the MTA with a legal basis for preventing the MTA for being used as a platform for hate. The Senator also requested the MTA follow the lead of other mass transit systems such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which have adopted advertising carriage rules that allow them to deny the use of their property as a platform for hate speech and incitements to violence. “I take this step in asking Chairman Ferrer and the MTA to cease being a platform for hate because, as a legislator with a large number of Muslim constituents, I am concerned that the rhetoric of hate could lead to increased targeting of Muslim New Yorkers,” said Senator Parker.

January 9, 2013
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Weekend Bus Service Returns to B24 Line in Queens, Brooklyn

DNAinfo.com wrote about the restoration of the weekend service of the B24, making it easier for Sunnyside commuters to travel around their neighboorhood

The B24 bus will start running on weekends again starting this Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, according to an announcement from Queens state Sen. Michael Gianaris.

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“The restored weekend service on the B24 line is a good start to the new year as Sunnyside commuters will be able to travel more easily throughout their neighborhood,” Gianaris said in a statement.

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January 9, 2013
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B24 weekend bus service begins again Jan. 6

Τhe efforts of Senator Gianaris concerning restoration of the weekend service of B24, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, were finally paid off. As from January 6th, the B24 line will run on Saturdays and Sundays, from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, from 5 am to 12:41 am.

The B24 weekend bus service–which connects Brooklyn and Queens (via Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Sunnyside)–has been restored after more than 2 ½ years of being down

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The restoration of “the B24’s weekend service is a step in the right direction,” Gianaris said. However, “I will continue to push the MTA to reinstate all western Queens mass transit cuts,” he added.

January 9, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON MTA BOARD APPROVING LIRR FARE INCREASE

     “I am extremely disappointed that the MTA Board has chosen to once again raise Long Island Rail Road fares on overburdened, overtaxed Long Islanders.  This most recent fare hike, the sixth since 2003, will only make the LIRR increasingly unaffordable and do nothing to encourage mass transit use.

December 19, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO STATEMENT ON PROPOSED LIRR FARE INCREASE

            “I strongly oppose the MTA’s proposal to once again raise Long Island Rail Road fares on overburdened, overtaxed Long Islanders.

December 14, 2012
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Environmental Assessment of Colonial Road Bridge Available For Public Comment

A project to rebuild the Colonial Road Bridge in the Village of Thomaston is nearing reality thanks to the efforts of Senator Jack M. Martins and Thomaston Village Mayor Robert Stern, who worked together with Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams in appropriately addressing community concerns over the project.

Upon taking office in 2011, Senator Martins, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, facilitated discussions with Mayor Stern and the LIRR so that the bridge could be rebuilt without negatively impacting the residential community.

December 13, 2012
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