“There is no doubt that the service cuts and fare increase the MTA could implement will disproportionately impact low-income, immigrant, Black, and Latino communities who are already facing many financial challenges. The ending of the gratuitous bus services and the overnight for-hire vehicle program has already worried many riders across the City. Midnight services are essential for New Yorkers who work into the late hours, especially folks working in hospitals, as first responders, and essential workers.
Additionally, with the start of the school year fast approaching, this drastic change in services could put many riders at risk, especially in communities where bus and train services are not as frequent. This “doomsday” like scenario needs to be taken seriously by all Federal legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Congress must act NOW to provide the funds necessary to keep services running at an efficient and reliable rate for New Yorkers. On the other hand, we need to see the MTA provide a plan for the return of overnight services or at the bare minimum, provide viable alternatives for riders. In the near future, I will hold a transportation hearing to discuss the state of our transit system. I sincerely hope that the MTA joins us at this upcoming hearing. I look forward to working alongside the MTA, the New York Congressional Delegation, and advocates to ensure that we secure the funds necessary to keep our public transportation system running and prevent fare increases.”
Ydanis Rodriguez was elected to the New York City Council in 2009, representing the 10th Council District (Washington Heights, Inwood, and Marble Hill). An educator for 13 years, Ydanis co-founded Gregorio Luperon High School and the Washington Heights Health Academy. As a leading voice at the NYC Council, Ydanis has brought changes in transportation, education, economic development, housing, police reform, healthcare, environmental policy, and ensuring low-income families have an equitable path to middle class.