Yes, it could be worse. We could live in New York City riding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority after the first of the year.
The MTA is facing a $400 million budget shortfall next year, and may cut two subway lines and several bus lines, plus reduce service on nights and weekends. The agency also may abolish free rides for students.
The budget gap is caused by the "loss of $143 million in state aid and a shortfall
of $229 million in revenues from a payroll tax that was passed earlier
this year as part of a bailout package for the transit agency," according to a news report.
Sounds eerily familiar.