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Hudson Valley News
Mon July 29, 2013
Skartados, Barrett Say MTA Parking Rate Hike Is Unfair
ALBANY – Hudson Valley Assembly Members Frank Skartados (D, Milton) and Didi Barrett (D, Hudson) have expressed their concern over a rate hike at Metro-North train station parking lots.
The two lawmakers wrote to MTA and Metro-North officials saying the hikes are unfair to families, especially those struggling to make ends meet.
They said the rate hike and an earlier recent one, “create an unfair burden for Hudson Valley families who rely on the MTA,” said Barrett.
Skartados and Barrett also said the rate hikes point out the need for the Mid-Hudson counties that are part of the MTA region, to have full voting membership on the MTA board. Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Putnam each have one-quarter of a vote.
“Our region doesn’t get full representation on the MTA board, but we are still required to pay full MTA fares and taxes,” said Skartados.