By Staten Island Advance EditorialJanuary 17, 2010, 4:32AM
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority can always be counted on to produce bad news about fare and toll increases and/or service cuts pretty much every year at this time, even when the economy is flourishing.
Lawmaker urges commuters to sign petition to save express routes from MTA ax
Thursday, January 28, 2010
By MAURA YATES ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Trusting that the pen is mightier than the budget ax, state Sen. Diane Savino hopes Staten Island's express-bus riders will sign a petition to save their service from the MTA chopping block.
Her office is circulating the petition, along with customer satisfaction surveys, at local express bus stops this week.
(Staten Island) Senator Savino was out in the cold yesterday, handing out survey cards, asking riders' opinons on the express bus service, as well as collecting petition signatures to stop the MTA's proposed cuts to express bus service in the outerboroughs.With few transportation alternatives already, Staten Island and South Brooklyn cannot afford any reduction in service.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- There were some who believed that last night's MTA public hearing was a done deal. There was no reason to show up; the cuts to the borough's transit system were carved in stone, the cynics said.But Staten Islanders would have none of that.
NY1 VIDEO: State Senator Diane Savino said that Staten Island transit riders still to press the MTA preserve the borough's bus routes, after the agency proposed to have the S52 and S66 buses pick up much of the routes of the outgoing S42 and S60 buses. For more information, visit www.nysenate.gov.
By Doug Auer STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane J. Savino fielded questions from constituents last night during a live virtual town hall meeting hosted from the Senate floor in Albany.The hour-long session featured Sen. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) responding to transportation concerns submitted via phone calls, Facebook.com and e-mails from people living in the 23rd Senate District."For the people of Staten Island, there are studies that show that we have the highest commute in the nation -- on average," she said.
Thank you for participating in our first Virtual Town Hall. I spoke with many Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites about their concerns and suggestions in regards to transportation, including bus service, tolls and mass transit alternatives.