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.
“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.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced that the Long Island Rail Road will resume full rush hour service this Monday, December 10th. This marks the first time since Hurricane Sandy that the Long Island Rail Road is operating at full service capacity.
Senator Fuschillo appears on News 12 Long Island to offer his thoughts on the MTA's decision to charge LIRR passengers a fee to obtain refunds for tickets they purchased but were unable to use because of a system-wide shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy. Senator Fuschillo is the Chairman of the New York State Senate's Transportation Committee.
“This morning, the MTA Board’s LIRR/Metro North committee announced plans to extend the length of time for which LIRR & Metro North tickets are valid. This plan, which is expected to be considered by the full MTA board on Wednesday, is a step in the right direction improving customer service.
Ever since the MTA significantly shortened the ticket validity period at the end of 2010, riders voiced their objections to a policy which gave them only days to use a commuter rail ticket. We completely agreed with them. In a welcome move, the MTA has listened to their concerns and taken action to address them.
Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (second right) reviews plans for the LIRR’s second track project near the site of the proposed Republic Train Station with LIRR President Helena Williams (center) and (l-r) Senator Lee Zeldin, Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, United Transportation Union President Anthony Simon, Senator Owen Johnson, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.