April 22, 2011
By Stephanie West
Most New York City unions seem to be taking a pass on Earth Day, but not TWU Local 100, which sent out an e-blast of an environmentally themed flyer encouraging transit workers to call their legislators to support a transit “lock box” bill.
The legislation, A.6766/S.4257, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Brennan and State Senator Marty Golden, is the TWU’s attempt to send a message to State government that mass transit funding already slashed by $100 million this fiscal year must not be cut further.
The flier link to: http://www.twulocal100.org/sites/twulocal100.org/files/earthday lockbox2.pdf says that supporting mass transit is the most cost effective thing a citizen can do to preserve and protect the environment, and makes points such as using mass transit cuts greenhouse gases by as much as 75% over the use of passenger cars and that a family using mass transit instead of a car saves an average of $9,293 each year on auto purchasing costs and insurance.
Food for thought for legislators sitting down to family dinners this weekend.