Update on Student Metro Cards from Christine Quinn

Dear Staten Island Resident,

In December the MTA unveiled a package of service cuts that is a slap in the face to millions of New Yorkers across the five boroughs. Your borough now faces critical cuts in service that will negatively affect the commutes of thousands of Staten Island residents each day. Please click here to sign our petition and oppose these cuts! Also, please attend the MTA’s public hearing in Staten Island and the NYC Council’s oversight hearing on these cuts. Details are below:

  • MTA Public Hearing Tuesday, March 2, 2010 6 p.m. College of Staten Island, Springer Concert Hall 1P Building, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island
  •  NYC Council Transportation Oversight Hearing Thursday, February 25, 2010 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall

Among the proposed cuts to your borough are:

  • Elimination of Student MetroCards
  • $40 million in cuts to Access-a-Ride
  • Buses to be Completely Eliminated: X6, S42#, S60, S67, X6, X9, X13#, X16, X18 and X20
  • Buses to be Eliminated on Weekends: S54, S76, S86 and X28
  • Buses to have Shortened Services: B64, S54, S57 and S66
  • Discontinuation of the Staten Island Railway Special Service

# Service partially or entirely replaced by another bus route

Take Action!

  • Help collect signatures for our petition, which we will deliver to each of the MTA’s public hearings. You can find our petition online by clicking here.
  • Sign up to volunteer! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nick Rolf at NROLF@council.nyc.gov . Urge the MTA to find alternative ways to prevent these terrible cuts. To contact the MTA by phone, dial (212) 878-7483; to contact them by e-mail, click here.

The NYC Council and the Straphangers Campaign have proposed an alternate budget solution that will allow us to avoid these painful service cuts. To read more about our plan click here. Or click here to read our Op-Ed in the Daily News.

With your help we can stop these drastic cuts and ensure greater input from Staten Island residents in the MTA’s budget process.

Sincerely,

Christine C. Quinn Speaker New York City Council

James Vacca Chair, Transportation Committee New York City Council

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