Mixed Reviews for the Fare Plan
November 21st, 2007

Not surprisingly, the Daily News, which mounted a campaign to stop the increase in subway and bus fares, cheers Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s announcement yesterday that the $2 base fare would remain through 2009. “Bully,” the paper says — repeatedly. At the same time, though, the News writes, Albany must ante up more money to aid the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and keep fares down in the future.

The Times agrees and goes one better — it wants the city to increase its aid too. Apparently oblivious to the fact that Michael Bloomberg has been mayor for almost six years, the paper writes, “The city and state have unconscionably underfinanced mass transit for years, a legacy of Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.”

The Post takes the opposite stand, condemning the decision to keep the fare at $2. Calling the preservation of the $2 fare a “naked attempt” by Spitzer” to boost his bottom-of-the-barrel public-approval ratings,” the paper warns, “it presages a return to politicized fare-setting — a time-tested but wholly disreputable practice that led directly to the near-collapse of the subway system in the late ’70s and early ’80s.”

The Post’s Fred Dicker, an ardent Spitzer, foe chimes in with an article the editors obligingly headlined, “Poll-Verized Eliot Shifts Into Pander Gear.”

Others note, that with the 85 percent of the riders who buy unlimited bases or multi-ride discount cards still facing an increase, the battle over a hike is not over. “This is not good enough for me,” MTA board member Mitchell Pally told the Sun. “Why is the $2 fare so sacrosanct? The impact on the seven-day fare and the 30-day fare, those to me are more important.” And City Councilmember Simcha Felder cautioned, the $2 fare “might come at the unfortunate expense to average New York City commuters who depend on unlimited passes for their daily commute,”

By on November 21, 2007, 8:42 am
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One Response to “Mixed Reviews for the Fare Plan”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    November 26th, 2007 at 8:42 am

    (Apparently oblivious to the fact that Michael Bloomberg has been mayor for almost six years, the paper writes, The city and state have unconscionably underfinanced mass transit for years, a legacy of Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.)

    The de-funding of the infrastructure with current dollars, the loading up of debt, and the sell out of the future, began under Dinkins and Cuomo in the early 1990s recession. But it has continued in good times and bad.

    Don’t exempt Bruno and Silver from blame, nor all those who benefitted from city and state priorities during those years. Primarily those cashing in and moving out. This is merely one front in a generational war, lauched by those “at or over 55” when Bush said the words against those younger.

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