Disappointment does not begin to describe the way I feel about the MTA’s
decision to further cut transportation services on Staten Island. This is a
betrayal of the people of Staten who are already underserved.
While the MTA is fully aware that they have never met their obligation to
provide even the basic service to Staten Island, they have nevertheless
decided to further cut the bus services people depend on. They are
particularly disingenuous in their statements as they try to portray their
actions as something other than cuts. For instance, they say they have
preserved the X1 bus route when in reality they have shortened the route so
that it will only go to 23rd Street in Manhattan. That is like shortening
the ferry ride so that it only goes to the middle of the harbor and then
saying it is not a cut.
I am outraged that at the end of the day the MTA once again punished the
riders of Staten Island. I will continue to fight them on these cuts.
Please join me in my fight and sign my online petition below.