Senator Brooks speaks on his legislation to direct ride-sharing fees to local transit

ALFONSO A. CASTILLO BY NEWSDAY

January 17, 2018

Originally published in Use of ride-sharing fees for Island transit funding proposed on January 17, 2018.

A proposed law by Sen. John Brooks would generate $24 million to improve services including LIRR and Nassau and Suffolk buses.

A Long Island state lawmaker is proposing to use fees from Uber and other ride-sharing services to help fund local transit.

Sen. John Brooks (D-Massapequa) said Monday that the existing 4 percent surcharge, which now goes to the state’s general fund, would be better directed to local transit needs, including to improve Long Island Rail Road stations and to fill operating deficits for bus systems in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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