New battle launched to freeze subway fare
by Pete Donohue
NY Daily News
Monday, August 4th 2008
Foes of the fare hikes that went into effect this year are reactivating their "Halt the Hike" battle cry.
The Working Families Party and Straphangers Campaign want to rally commuters against MTA plans to raise MetroCard and other fares next year.
The groups, which plan to go to stations citywide, have reopened the http://www.haltthehike.org/ Web site and are urging the public to send e-mails to Gov. Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg.
"New York exists because of a good transit system and you can't just have the riders carrying the full freight because the whole society depends on it," said Dan Cantor, Working Families Party executive director.
The Daily News launched a "halt the hike" newspaper campaign in October, while advocates launched parallel efforts. In November, then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer directed the MTA to scale back the planned increases and keep the $2 base bus and subway fare stable - but MetroCard prices rose.