Senator-Elect Squadron, Senator Duane and Assemblymember Kavanagh Respond to Proposed M8 Bus Elimination

November 20, 2008

Today State Senator-Elect Daniel Squadron, State Senator Thomas K. Duane, and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh stood at the Astor Place subway station to respond to reports that the MTA plans to eliminate M8 bus service altogether.

Responding to M8 Bus Elimination

The elected officials called for a comprehensive plan in communities affected by any cutbacks in service. While acknowledging that the fiscal crisis will require cutbacks and tough decisions, the officials highlighted the particular severe nature of a permanent elimination of an entire line.

"There's no question we're in tough times and we'll have to make hard choices. But we have to make sure today's choices don't mean permanent hardship," Senator-elect Daniel Squadron said. "Any decision the MTA makes must provide a comprehensive solution for affected communities."

gHard times call for difficult decisions, and it is too soon to tell if this is the most economically prudent choice in light of community needs and the statefs fiscal crisis. I look forward to working with elected officials, community boards, senior advocates and other stakeholders to find the best solution,h said State Senator Tom Duane.

"We recognize that the MTA has to make some difficult decisions, but we need to make sure that all our city residents have a viable way to get where they need to go," said Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh.

Specific concerns that the elected officials will raise with the MTA include current proposals for the M14A, M14D and M15 buses; current and projected growth in the affected communities; use of the M8 and nearby lines during peak times; accessibility for people with disabilities; and long-term plans for the M8 line.

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