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Legislator Morton opposes NFTA ridesharing fee


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Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.


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Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced his strong opposition to the NFTA’s imposition of a $3.50 fee on ridesharing trips to and from the airport.

 

“As the Legislator representing the area surrounding the Buffalo-Niagara Airport, I am appalled. This fee is an insult to consumers, imposed without any public discussion or feedback. With the county contributing $24 million dollars annually to the NFTA, we deserve to have a say, which is why I am asking leadership in the Legislature to hold a meeting with legislators and the NFTA so we can get answers,” said Legislator Morton.

 

At $3.50 per ride, the NFTA’s fee is one of the highest in the nation. These fees add up. In 2015, they were estimated to cost travelers more than $183 million at the 50 largest airports in the country. This fee is on top of the New York State 4 percent state “assessment fee” as well as the 2.5 percent surcharge to cover worker’s compensation costs for drivers.  

 

For more information, please call Legislator Morton at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov