No. 9 Story of the Year: MTA proposes North Fork service cuts

12/24/2010 8:02 AM |

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East Enders were up in arms when they learned the Metropolitan Transit Authority was considering putting the breaks on weekday train service and winter weekend service along the Greenport line, and cut service to the Hamptons, in order to plug a mounting budget deficit. The MTA explained in January, when it announced the measure, that the line, which runs east of the Ronkonkoma station and spans the North Fork, is its least used and that the move would have only affected about 200 riders daily yet save almost $1 million annually.

What angered many locals even more was that the announcement came just months after New York State instituted a .34 percent payroll tax on all employers in New York City and the surrounding counties, including Suffolk, to help the cash-strapped transit agency’s budget woes.

But a massive outcry from community members, activists and elected officials — and talks of having the East End secede from the MTA to create its own regional transit system — all helped in getting the transit authority to reconsider. The MTA ultimately only eliminated winter weekend service past Ronkonkoma, but kept weekday service. It also changed the train schedule in September to allow juror candidates to take the train to Riverhead courts from points west.

Now the MTA is considering putting smaller diesel-powered shuttle trains in service on the North and South forks to better service the East End. The transit agency has agreed to fund a $2.8 million study to determine the feasibility of running smaller diesel-engine “scoot” trains here and in other areas the LIRR serves.

Talks of seceding from the MTA have since been put on hold.

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  • As bad as the MTA is L.I. politicians are worse – for putting the MTA hacks in place and for letting this even be proposed.

  • If the trains don’t go ther… then there should be no MTA tax to those residents and businesses. If there’s a cut in services, then a proportionate reduction in the taxes…

    Damn! We have to pay for everyone’s mistakes… at least try and be “somehow” fair about it!

    PROPOSAL: Taxpayer referendum

    Let’s give elected officials that pass tax REDUCTIONS and automatic raise or “bonus” in wages and all benefits for the rate of reduction we can “induce them” to create!

    I guess they want “incentives?”

  • If the trains don’t go ther… then there should be no MTA tax to those residents and businesses. If there’s a cut in services, then a proportionate reduction in the taxes…

    Damn! We have to pay for everyone’s mistakes… at least try and be “somehow” fair about it!

    PROPOSAL: Taxpayer referendum

    Let’s give elected officials that pass tax REDUCTIONS and automatic raise or “bonus” in wages and all benefits for the rate of reduction we can “induce them” to create!

    I guess they want “incentives?”

  • How amazing it would be if we had a Congressman from NY-1st who was competent and influential enough to stand up to this nonsense.

    http://opusonemedia.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-years-resolution.html