MTA Warns of 40% Cut in Services Without Federal Aid

Aug 31, 2020
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The financially troubled MTA is warning customers that massive service cuts and layoffs are coming if the federal government doesn’t come through.

MTA Chairman Pat Foye says subway and bus ridership have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic and this is even more severe than the Great Depression. 

“The federal government must deliver for the MTA," he said. "It is literally our only option for survival.”

Foye says the agency needs $12 billion in the next few months or there will be more fare and toll hikes and a 40% reduction in subway and bus service.

Scott Pringle

A group of New York City lawmakers is calling for the subway and bus system to be shut down temporarily because of coronavirus.

Robert Holden is one of four council members who signed off on a letter to Governor Cuomo asking for the transit system be shut down for at least a week for a deep cleaning.

He points to stats showing about 25-hundred MTA employees have tested positive for coronavirus.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson wants municipal control of the MTA.

“Municipal control means saying goodbye to the MTA,” he said during his first State of the City address.

Johnson calls the new proposed agency Big Apple Transit. He says the MTA’s current structure has too many decision makers.  In his plan, responsibility would fall on the mayor’s shoulders.

New York City is phasing in the new Fair Fairs program which offers half-priced MetroCards to low income residents. 

Initially, only working New Yorkers at or below the federal poverty level receiving cash assistance benefits will qualify for discounted passes.  In April, SNAP recipients are eligible.

Gov. Cuomo Delcares MTA 'State of Emergency'

Jun 29, 2017
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Speaking from a MTA conference seeking solutions to New York City’s aging infrastructure, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s system under a state of emergency.

“The delays are maddening New Yorkers.  They are infuriated by a lack of communication, unreliability, and now accidents.   Just three days ago we literally had a train come off of the tracks.  It’s a perfect metaphor for the dysfunction of the entire system,” Cuomo said.