NO FARE HIKE!
NO FARE HIKE FOR A SYSTEM THAT IS NOT ACCESSIBLE!
NO FARE HIKE FOR RACIST HARASSMENT OF BLACK AND BROWN RIDERS!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11
4:00 PM Rally
5:00 PM Go to Hearing
York College Performing Arts Center
94-45 GUY R BREWER BOULEVARD
SUBWAY: E, J Z TO JAMAICA, QUEENS
$215 million a year. That’s what MTA president Andy Byford claims the subway is losing every year from fare evasion—and what supposedly justifies the fare hike.
Now the MTA is announcing the creation of “fare evasion strike teams” who will make the problem of the NYPD's racist profiling in the subway worse. This is a blame-the-poor tactic that riders will fight back against at next week’s fare hike hearing in Queens.
Why don’t we take a look at who is really draining money from the MTA?
The MTA owes Wall Street $40 billion for loans it’s taken out over the decades. Right now it pays that off at the rate of $2.6 billion a year.
That means the supposed figure of $215 million (we don’t know where the MTA got these figures) is .08 percent—less than 1%—of the money the MTA pays banks every year just for debt service.
Of course, much of this debt service is interest, money banks get for literally doing nothing. And these banks are the ones who were bailed out with trillions of dollars following the housing crisis. That they caused.
The MTA coupled its outrageous announcement about having its employees physically block “fare-beaters” with the news that it would be reducing heat, air-conditioning and cleaning of subway cars – to save money.
So on top of constant service disruptions, getting to work on the subway is going to be dirtier, colder, hotter in the summer and more dangerous to the average rider’s health.
Of course, along with all the MTA’s other failings, the biggest is the criminal lack of elevators and overall accessibility. The elevators that do exist in the 1 out of 4 stations that have them are constantly breaking down.
So people who use wheelchairs, as well as parents with strollers, older riders, and anyone who can’t navigate stairs, are denied full access to the subway. And what is New York helping Jeff Bezos buy? A helipad.
New York city and state are granting $2.8 billion in tax giveaways to the richest human being on the planet. The number is similar to what the banks take from the MTA every year, but just to be clear: the money supposedly lost to “fare-beaters” is .07% percent of the tax breaks granted to Amazon.
Remember: Amazon paid NO federal taxes in 2017.
The biggest fare-beater of all is Jeff Bezos!