Letter to the editor, Daily News, May 14, 2006

Re: " MTA won't raise fares for one year" (May 9):

Bus Riders Union organizer Manuel Criollo claims the MTA has a "self-imposed budget crisis" when the truth is that it created the crisis itself over the past nine years. The MTA has all but depleted its reserve funds complying with consent decree orders resulting from the BRU's constant complaints.

Another BRU demand is to spend money earmarked for rail and freeways on bus service, ignoring the fact that the MTA does not deal with a single large pot of money. The budget includes state and federal funds earmarked for capital projects and the MTA is powerless to shift that money to bus operations.

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