Sanders Fuming over MTA LIRR Oversight
Councilman James Sanders is outraged. "Isn’t the Rockaways part of New York City? Residents of the Rock aways pay the same taxes and are never forgotten when it is time to collect money, however, when there is money to be returned the Rockaways are suddenly forgotten," says Council man Sanders. "We will not put up with this injustice any longer."
The MTA has implemented a special new weekend rate for most of New York City travelers. The program call ed CityTicket began on January 10, 2004 and it provides weekend commuters a one way travel ticket beginning and ending in NYC for a reduced fare of $2.50.
However, the Far Rock away station is the only year round MTA LIRR station that is not included in the program.
"The people of the Rock aways as well as the rest of my district deserve the same opportunities provided to the rest of this city and the exclusion of any community from a city-wide program is unacceptable," says Sanders.
Councilman Sanders has met with top officials from the MTA, and has offered solutions of his own in an effort to correct this oversight. "I was elected to ensure that the people of the 31 Council District get what they deserve and that is exactly what I intend to do."
Further meetings with the MTA are scheduled for this week.