As Hurricane Isaac bears down on New Orleans, the Metropolitan Transit Authority [MTA] has announced that a $65 million claim for losses from last year’s Tropical Storm Irene have been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA].
With the MTA’s financial picture looking rosier, and with service restoration on this year’s budget agenda, local pols are asking the transit authority for a slice of that proverbial pie on behalf of Bay Ridge drivers.
State Senator Marty Golden put out a press release yesterday calling on MTA officials to consider extending a version of the so-called Staten Island discount to Brooklyn commuters.
Under Golden’s proposal, enrolled E-Z Pass users with non-commercial plates would only pay full price for their first three trips over the Verrazano, and $4.75 afterwards.
Golden’s office included part of a letter sent to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota in the statement: