Sound familiar? New York's MTA facing massive cuts

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.


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  • Bloomberg can throw some of his pocket change to solve that problem.

  • I'm sorry but you've stated some wrong information. NYC has 22 subway lines that believe it or not, doesn't serve the entire city. There are huge swaths of eastern Queens (the largest borough, 1/2 the size of Chicago), eastern sections of the Bronx and all of Staten Island that doesn't have subway service. People spend upwards of an hour or more to reach the subway terminals then have to commute in the city. If you live in Manhattan or Brooklyn, you're almost certain to live within a reasonable walking distance of a subway line (unless you're on Manhattan's far east side then you're over a mile- not that bad but certainly not a walk you want to have every morning). Yes, New York has a lot of service but the many subway lines are at or above design capacity- the Lex (4,5,6) and the Queens Blvd (E,F mostly) are putting the most amount of trains into service and still have crushed trains. Cutting service will have a huge impact on an already overburdened system. For the system average, subway lines operate about every 5-6 minutes (same as the Red, Blue, Brown and occasionally Orange) and during the Midday every 8-10 (just about all CTA lines). NYC uses interlining extensively but those in the outer boroughs do not experience the same type of headways as you see in Midtown.

    Basically what I'm saying is that they can't afford to cut lines when they need to add more service.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    For years Staten Island has had a single MTA line that runs from the ferry SW. It's a nice little ride since it goes right by the Navy Yard where they store ships around July 4th. It's not a 'subway' (not underground), it's like the purple line through Evanston only the cars are 2x the size. Don't get your hopes up though, Evanston is more pleasant to look at and smell.

  • In reply to 20fie18:

    I didn't forget about the SIR but it runs every 30 minutes along the eastern shore of Staten Island, kinda useless. Its not a part of the subway system. The once was a plan to bring the subway to SI but that kinda went away.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    I just moved to NYC... thanks for reminding me how much its gonna suck riding the already crowded 6/Lexington Ave train during rush hour. (totally packed 10 car local trains running every 2 minutes), oh but wait, now there will be fewer of them!

  • MK, don't mess with ibright. The guy knows his stuff!

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Haha, thanks. I only commented because people think that everywhere in NYC has amazing transit access and thats pretty far from the truth. I had to take buses to work because the subway was not an option while I was a freshman in college (before I moved to Boston of course).

  • Last year the MTA had a shortfall of 1.2 billion dollars. 400 million should be a breeze.

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