Discussions between Democrats and administration officials over the details of another coronavirus relief program were stalled earlier this month and remained at a political stalemate as negotiators were unable to reach agreement on the scope overall and the price of the package.
The $ 3.4 trillion legislation approved by House Democrats in May included $ 15.75 billion in subsidies for transit agencies, while the $ 1 trillion offer introduced by Republicans in May. Senate last month did not include a similar allowance in aid. It was not known how much of this would go to the MTA
A spokesperson for New York Minority Leader and Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer said the senator is fighting for strong funding for the transportation company in the current round of negotiations. In March, Democratic leaders succeeded in securing $ 3.9 billion for the MTA in the first federal stimulus package.
Without funding, however, public transport advocates have warned riders will feel the effects of proposed cuts for decades.
“Something like that would fundamentally change New York City,” said Nick Sifuentes, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, an advocacy group. “It would start the death spiral of people who use anything other than public transport and public transport funding would never recover.”
Local 100 of the transport workers union, which represents many MTA workers, also denounced the possibility of downsizing.
“Transit workers have blamed this city and this state and carried them through the deadly pandemic, risking their health and their lives,” union president Tony Utano said in a statement. communicated. “The layoffs would be an unimaginable shameful betrayal.”