NYC officials: 'Fix the MTA' bill aims to make transportation, commuter times better

The proposed legislative package aims to significantly help with transportation across the city, officials say.

News 12 Staff

Feb 24, 2023, 10:48 AM

Updated 418 days ago

Share:

New York City elected officials came together Friday in support of commuters to propose a legislative package they say will significantly help with transportation across the city.
The legislative package Fix the MTA aims to make buses completely free over four years as one of its proposals. The bill also rejects increasing fares and would freeze the $2.75 fee New Yorkers across the boroughs are currently paying for their commute. The legislation would cost nearly $245 million a year.
“It is way passed time for us," says Rep. Jamaal Bowman. "We have the money. We have to get this done.”
Another initiative in the bill is creating six-minute headways for subways and a 20% increase in service across the bus system.
MTA spokesperson Kayla Shults provided the following statement:
“Most transit customers are benefitting from better than 6-minute headways on subways already and on-time performance just hit a 10-year high. The mission to provide faster, cleaner, safer service is dramatically improving customer satisfaction and will benefit from Governor Hochul’s budget that provides relief from looming deficits.”


More from News 12
2:19
Denim takes over Bronx Borough Hall for day dedicated to raising sexual assault awareness

Denim takes over Bronx Borough Hall for day dedicated to raising sexual assault awareness

2:08
Scattered showers, cool weather stick around Thursday for New York City

Scattered showers, cool weather stick around Thursday for New York City

1:34
NYPD says new campaign has lowered crime citywide; some New Yorkers don’t buy it

NYPD says new campaign has lowered crime citywide; some New Yorkers don’t buy it

2:09
Federal civil rights complaint filed against NYC Public Schools Athletic League

Federal civil rights complaint filed against NYC Public Schools Athletic League

2:10
NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers offer $5,000 reward after string of carjackings and robberies

NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers offer $5,000 reward after string of carjackings and robberies

2:13
Police: 34-year-old motorcycle driver dies in crash with SUV, parked car

Police: 34-year-old motorcycle driver dies in crash with SUV, parked car

2:21
Bronx advocates closer than ever to opening birthing center

Bronx advocates closer than ever to opening birthing center

1:51
NYC charter school system serving school lunches made from scratch

NYC charter school system serving school lunches made from scratch

2:39
Man fatally shot in Mount Eden identified by police

Man fatally shot in Mount Eden identified by police

1:42
NY Road Runners announce new initiative with NYC Public Schools

NY Road Runners announce new initiative with NYC Public Schools

0:33
NYPD: Man arrested, charged with murder for fatal Tremont deli shooting

NYPD: Man arrested, charged with murder for fatal Tremont deli shooting

2:38
Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy hosts Mayor Adams community conversation

Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy hosts Mayor Adams community conversation

0:41
Commuter alert: Additional construction starts today along Bronx River Parkway

Commuter alert: Additional construction starts today along Bronx River Parkway

Guide: Stay safe while traveling through work zones with these 6 tips

Guide: Stay safe while traveling through work zones with these 6 tips

0:32
Group of parents launches coalition to deal with class sizes in New York City

Group of parents launches coalition to deal with class sizes in New York City

1:45
City Island Diner is inspiration behind J.Crew T-shirt

City Island Diner is inspiration behind J.Crew T-shirt

1:59
Police: Around $62,000 worth of jewelry stolen from 2 Williamsburg stores in separate incidents

Police: Around $62,000 worth of jewelry stolen from 2 Williamsburg stores in separate incidents

2:11
Concerned students at Melrose school calling for better security measures

Concerned students at Melrose school calling for better security measures

0:38
U.S. attorney: Former NYPD officer pleads guilty to distributing fentanyl, heroin

U.S. attorney: Former NYPD officer pleads guilty to distributing fentanyl, heroin

2:03
You have questions, and we have your answers: Where can people smoke?

You have questions, and we have your answers: Where can people smoke?