County executives beg Washington for $12B in aid for MTA
Hudson Valley county
executives are banding together and calling for federal funding for the
Metropolitan Transit Authority officials are warning of doomsday cuts if
they don't get at least $12 billion in federal aid.
The county executives from Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and
Dutchess counties have sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others in Washington.
They're urging Washington
leaders to respond to the MTA's request for federal aid because without it they
say services could be cut in half.
MTA officials say they are
facing staggering financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. They
say ridership on trains,
buses, and subways plummeted virtually overnight as the tri-state area went
into lockdown, and many continue to work from
home keeping the numbers down.
Just last month, the MTA
board said they may have to eliminate train service in Orange and Rockland
counties because ending service on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines
could save nearly $25 million.
MTA officials warn that a fare hike of 10% to 15% could also be
implemented if they don't get federal aid, and
they may have to go forward with these plans by their November board meeting or