Story via: NYPTA
The State Senate and Assembly are in final preparation of their one house budget bills. If you’d like to see improved public transit service in NY state, now would be a good time to contact your State Senator and Assembly member to request that they support increased transit funding in the state budget…
NY Public Transit Association (NYPTA) is specifically asking legislators for the following:
- $25 million increase in STOA for upstate transit systems in 2015-16.
- $17.4 million increase in STOA to downstate suburban county transit systems in 2015-16.
- $100 million in capital funding to address transit infrastructure needs for both upstate and downstate suburban county transit in 2015-16.
- Fully fund the 5 year capital program for the MTA and for all other transit systems.
The Governor’s executive budget provided no growth in STOA and little new capital funding for upstate and downstate suburban county transit systems. Upstate STOA has been flat since 2009. Transit systems cannot continue to provide current service at existing funding levels.
In addition, all transit systems have capital needs to replace and renew aging infrastructure.
Transit ridership is growing across the state and transit systems need increased state support in order to continue to support economic growth.
NYPTA’s 2015-16 state budget recommendations:
- Increase state transit operating aid to upstate transit systems by $25 million and to downstate suburban county systems by $17.4 million.
- Provide $100 million in state capital funding for the first year of the upstate and downstate suburban capital program.
- Develop a plan to fund the 5-year statewide infrastructure needs of the MTA and all other transit systems.
- Provide additional transition funding from non-transportation resources to assist rural transit systems in dealing with the impacts of state Medicaid transportation changes.
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