MTA may cut budget

I just heard on the news from CBS that the MTA is now considering cutting their budget due to MTA’s inability to raise 2 to 3 billion dollars to spend on planned improvements.  What this means is that some of the planned improvements slated for 2009 will not happen; one of these improvements are signal upgrades!  Can you believe that MTA is willing to risk potential lives riding on these trains by keeping the inefficient signals they’re currently using?!  Not to mention that there will be delays because the signals already don’t function as they should.

It is reported that Manhattan and Brooklyn will be effected the most with potential budget cuts.   People, be prepared to get up and to work either 30 minutes early or late!

Irregardless of whether the budget gets cut, fares will most likely rise yet again.  So commuters, be prepared to pay $2.25 next year!

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~ by thedailycommuter on Sunday, June 22, 2008.

2 Responses to “MTA may cut budget”

  1. I also find it interesting that they can’t raise the money when they’re experiencing heavy ridership with the gas crunch. http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/ftparea/wogirs/xls/pswrgvwnus.xls

    What a bunch of clowns.

  2. There is nothing unsafe about the current signals, they are just very inefficient and cause delays frequently.

    Also, it’s not like the MTA is ‘inable’ to raise the money, the tax income they usually count on to get much of their funding has declined as the general economy has soured. Also, the costs of their current construction projects have risen sharply, just as construction costs around the world have risen. The MTA shouldn’t be accused at being inept just because the economy is crappy.

    The NYT story is pretty thorough: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/nyregion/24mta.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

    Like the blog. It’s a good read.

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