With lawmakers returning Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature, Queens Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris wants both chambers to take up the issue of subway funding.

The concern comes amid a drumbeat of worsening news for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the subway system, including a derailment just this morning.

“The MTA crisis is real and it is upon us,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “New Yorkers are suffering the consequences of years of underfunding and mismanaging of our mass transit system. It would be irresponsible for state leaders to allow this to continue without finding a solution and that is what we should do with the urgency this crisis demands.”

Gianaris has unveiled a petition to call attention to the issue in Albany.

His proposal would create a temporary 3-year surcharge for MTA region taxpayers who make more than $1 million a year and on New York City motel and hotel taxes. A higher tax would be charged on those who earn between $5 million and $10 million as well as those who make more than $10 million.

Gianaris estimates the plan would generate more than $2 billion annually.

A tax on the MTA region would be controversial for Senate Republicans to swallow, however, amid their hammering away at the issue of a payroll tax in 2010, which saw them ride back to power later that year.