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MTA Deficit Leads to Simplified 2nd Ave Subway

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Faced with the need to cut service and hike fares, the MTA is cutting back on major construction projects. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the latest cut is to a section of the Second Avenue subway.

REPORTER: Originally, the MTA wanted to build an extra bypass ...

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MTA Committee Votes for Fare Hike, Hopes for State Aid

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

At MTA Headquarters yesterday, a lot of talk about state Senate Democrats. They're the ones resisting a rescue package that could head off fare increases and service cuts this spring.

An MTA committee voted to increase the cost of a subway ride to $2.50, in case ...

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MTA Committee Votes Yes on Fare Hikes, Board to Vote Wednesday

Monday, March 23, 2009

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An MTA Committee has said 'yes' to mass transit fare hikes. The unanimous vote by the Finance Committee is the first of two approvals needed before a single ride rises to $2.50. Board members say state lawmakers should step in with a rescue plan before the full board votes on Wednesday.

Allen Cappelli, a board member from Staten Island, says time is running out. 'There are 45 hours before this disaster goes into effect and I hope that something will sink in with both the Democrats and the Republicans,' says Cappelli.

Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger struck a conciliatory tone to reporters afterwards, saying he was optimistic that the state Senate would step in to prevent those fares from taking effect. 'They are going to make it happen, I believe, as soon as they can get together and figure out what they as a majority want to do it,' says Hemmerdinger. 'They will do it as soon as they can I'm sure they want to do it as quickly as we want them to do it.'

Commuters at Grand Central Station this afternoon generally didn't like hearing the latest news about train service. Manhattan resident Eileen Conway, 26, who takes the subway regularly, said it comes at the wrong time. 'A lot of people don't have the funds that they did even six months ago and the fact that they are working with less and having to pay more is incredible,' says Conway.

Metro-North riders would also see their fares go up. Cesar Rodriguez takes occasional trips down to Manhattan from his home near Beacon. But he doubts he will come as often if the off-peak fare goes up from $12 to $15 as approved today. 'It's like they don't want you to come down here,' says Rodriguez. 'As soon as you come down they want to hit you over the head right away.'

Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have reached an agreement. But the Democratic majority of the state Senate has rejected the bridge tolls on the East River as a means of helping the MTA, while Republicans are resisting the payroll tax.

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Barring State Intervention, MTA Set to Raise Fares

Monday, March 23, 2009

An MTA committee this morning is ready to hike the base subway fare up to $2.5, and the monthly MetroCard to $103. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports that board members are still hoping the state legislature will intervene before the new fares becomes final.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson ...

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Downtown Housing Complex May Downsize

Thursday, March 19, 2009

At 76 stories, the Beekman Tower on Spruce street was supposed to be the tallest residential building in New York City. But the developer may stop work at half-the-height because of the poor economy. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The sleek, narrow tower, designed by ...

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Still No Deal in Albany on MTA Bailout

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The behind-the-scenes fight over how to rescue the MTA came out into the open yesterday, when the state Senate unveiled a plan it said would keep fare hikes to a minimum, without any new bridge tolls. But the Governor and the Speaker of the Assembly ...

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Governor Paterson: Year 1

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WNYC reporters Elaine Rivera, Cindy Rodriguez, and Matthew Schuerman discuss David Paterson's first year as New York's Governor and how his administration has affected New York City.

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MTA Takes Blame for South Ferry Station Delay

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A new South Ferry subway station opened yesterday, allowing riders from all 10 cars of a subway train to disembark at the southern end of the number 1 line. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the MTA is taking responsibility for an engineering mistake that delayed ...

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Paterson Rejects Senate MTA Plan

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Governor Paterson has rejected the State Senate's rescue plan for the MTA, saying it fails to address the agency's long-term capital funding needs. He's urging the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders to meet with him to come up with a compromise. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver ...

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First News Subway Station Opens in 20 Years

Monday, March 16, 2009

southferryGovernor Paterson joined officials this morning for the opening of the first new subway station in 20 years. The new South Ferry Station at the southern end of the number 1 line will be able to accommodate all 10 cars ...

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Late But Not Lost, New South Ferry Subway Station Opens

Monday, March 16, 2009

Today, a familiar cry at the southern end of the Number 1 subway line will cease at last.

A new, longer South Ferry station means that conductors no longer have to tell passengers to move to the first five cars to get out. Federal September 11 ...

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Albany Still Mulling Over MTA Rescue Plan

Friday, March 13, 2009

State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith continues to hold out on giving his support to the MTA rescue plan.

SMITH: We don't want no service cuts. And we don't want anybody laid off. So we're all committed to working with a plan that makes some sense, ...

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FTA Extends Deadline for Transit Stimulus

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The definition of "shovel-ready" is shifting. The federal government is giving transit agencies, including the MTA, more than a year to spend its federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: House Democrats had wanted to give transit agencies just three months to commit ...

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Paterson Says MTA's March 25th Deadline Firm

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Governor Paterson is continuing to push for quick passage of the MTA's rescue plan to avert significant service cuts and a dramatic fare increase. He insisted that the March 25th deadline set by the authority for the legislature's approval was a real one.

PATERSON: I think ...

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$1.5 Billion of Stimulus Expected for NYC Transportation

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Brooklyn Bridge, subway stations and the Fulton Street Transit Center, all appear on the latest list of local projects that could receive federal stimulus money. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The list is neither complete nor final. But it gives some idea of which ...

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Weiner Pushes Bridge Tax for Some Drivers

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges -- but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats ...

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Paterson Wants Stimulus for NY Rail

Monday, March 09, 2009

Governor Paterson released New York's plan to get federal stimulus money for high speed rail service. If the state got the money, the governor is proposing spending it to improve passenger rail service, from Niagara Falls to New York City. State officials say they've identified ...

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Deciding Who Pays to Rescue the MTA

Monday, March 09, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is running for Mayor, favors a $4.15 toll on East River bridges, but only for some drivers. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more. REPORTER: The tolls wouldn't apply to New York City residents. That makes the plan more palatable to three Democrats ...

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The Ghost of the MTA's 'Two Sets of Books'

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The MTA just can't seem to live down the "two sets of books" scandal that erupted six years ago. Democrats in the state Senate keep dropping that line in interviews, as in, "You really can't trust guys who keep two sets of books, can you?" That's their reason why they won't support the Ravitch plan.

But were there really two sets of books?

The scandal started in April 2003, when then-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi (who has since succumbed to his own scandal), charged that the MTA was intentionally overestimating its budget deficit in order to justify a 50-cent subway fare hike. He said he only discovered where the MTA was stashing its money after subpoenaing the second set of books.

The MTA said the second set of books it provided was really just a 250-page explanation showing how the authority used a current surplus to pay down debt, or moved it to subsequent years, because they foresaw deficits in the future.

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MTA Rescue Plan Hangs in Partisan Balance

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The MTA returns to the bargaining table in Albany this morning in an effort to hash out an agreement on it's rescue plan. So far, the Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, says he's getting behind a limited bridge-tolling plan.

SILVER: I've said from Day One ...

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