Senate Committee Moves an M.T.A. Bill as a Conversation-Starter

ALBANY—Along party lines, the State Senate Transportation Committee voted to advance the chamber’s bill to bail out the M.T.A. even as its passage looks unlikely. Its sponsor acknowledged that it will likely be amended and said it simply “starts a conversation.”
“I’m going to do whatever is necessary,” State Senator Martin Malave Dilan said. He said that Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is looking to replace a $1 taxi drop-off fee with a document fee for all cars, sold or leased around the state.
Dilan said that fee could raise around $180 million. It would force people buying cars to pay 1 percent of the value of the vehicle, up to $300, at the time of purchase or a lease agreement.