Gov. Cuomo vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have provided fare relief to commuters who have to take two buses and a train to reach their destination.
The measure, which overwhelmingly passed the state Legislature in June, would have allowed riders on some routes to get two free transfers instead of one within two hours.
MetroCards now allow one free transfer between a subway and a bus or between two buses during a two-hour period.
As part of their commute, most of these riders have to take two buses before reaching the subway and are paying two fares, said the bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx) and Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).
The MTA claims the second transfer would cost a bundle, Cuomo claims riders can buy an unlimited card and it's all good.
But not everybody can afford an unlimited card and as for the MTA's claims that the second transfer will cost them too much money, well there is this:
But Dinowitz says Cuomo and the MTA are leaving riders in the lurch — especially those who cannot afford the monthly outlay for an unlimited-ride card.
“The MTA is not known for putting out accurate numbers,” he said. “It’s just not fair for people who, through no fault of their own, have to take three rides and are in a two-fare zone.”
Meanwhile today Cuomo said he's not ready to stop taking money from the crooked real estate company at the center of the Silver and Skelos corruption trials.