The rabble rousers over at NewMTA.info made news recently as they posted some of their new and improved GREED subway service change signs at West 4th and 34th Streets. New MTA is a bogus MTA website—nearly identical to the original—that features some subway news satire. For example, one headline reads: “MTA Suspends Student MetroCards, Tells Children To Get Fit By Walking.”
With the looming service cuts and fare increases, we’re glad to see New MTA is back in action. We are also glad to see they improved their grammar since the last time we’ve heard from them.
All joking aside, we subway riders will be pretty screwed if the fare hikes and service cuts really do happen. Single rides are set to jump to $2.50 and monthly cards to $103 a month. LIRR and Metro-North will see 25% fare hikes. This is all on top of two subway and 35 bus line eliminations, not to mention service reduction on many of the surviving lines.
The state senate is now kicking around proposals to bail out the MTA and save us commuters who these changes will affect most, but they are dragging their feet. With all the giant bailouts going on, it will be a relief to hear about one that will help average citizens and not giant, greedy corporations.
There is something you can do to help with this effort. The Working Families Party has set up HaltTheHike.org to encourage us to contact our legislators and demand that they support a fair, comprehensive plan to save New York’s transit riders. On the site is a pre-written letter you can submit. Take action now, before it’s too late!