Quinn and Bloomberg at Odds for Once
December 10th, 2007

With the release of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s fare hike plan this morning, (available here) a barrage of statements from politicians appeared in inboxes across the five boroughs blasting or quietly condoning the idea.

And for the first time since the cell phone skirmish, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn are at odds.

Quinn has joined the voices blaring against the hike, which would raise unlimited monthly metro cards from $76 to $81 but keep the single fare at $2, while Bloomberg has joined Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s chorus, chiming that the hike is necessary to maintain service.

“Before New Yorkers dig deeper into their pockets, we need assurance that the MTA has explored every option,” said Quinn in a prepared statement.

Not the same tone from Bloomberg.

“Although it is always hard to ask riders to pay more, I will now urge the Citys representatives to support the proposed fare plan that calls for preserving the $2.00 fare and holding the overall fare increase to less than 4 percent,” said Bloomberg in a prepared statement. “This was something we couldnt support until wed done everything possible to lower operating expenses and to ensure efficiencies.”

Here is how some other pols weighed in (Their statements have been cut):

City Councilmember Simcha Felder said, “I’m not surprised that the MTA has found a new way to rip us off by holding the base fare favored by tourists at $2, while raising every other fare, including the fares of the weekly and monthly unlimited passes. Hard working New Yorkers, who have to deal with crowded trains, delayed and intermittent service, and dirty subway stations every day should be the ones shielded most from fare hikes.”

Councilmember John C. Liu said, “There’s no need for any fare increase of any kind now. The MTA needs to drop this arrogant effort to hike the fares and instead get down to the real business of running our mass transit system, of fixing stations, of terror-proofing the subways, of installing communications capabilities, and maintaining the storm drainage systems.”

Gov. Spitzer said, “Fare increases are a difficult reality, but they have been diligent in their efforts to save the base fare at $2, limit the increase on discount Metrocards, and ease the burden on those who are least able to afford any hike. They combed through the budget to find savings and also to identify revenues to keep fare and toll increases to a level that is fair to the users of the system.”

By on December 10, 2007, 4:20 pm
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One Response to “Quinn and Bloomberg at Odds for Once”

  1. Second Ave. Sagas | Blogging the NYC Subways » Blog Archive » The fare hike debate is so over Says:
    December 11th, 2007 at 12:02 am

    […] of the citycouncil and Christine Quinn looking to position herself for a run at the mayorship spoke out against the fare hike. The best statement came from Simcha Felder who slammed Spitzer’s tourist-friendly plan: […]

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