What's getting cut in NYC: A guide

Friday, June 25, 2010 - 04:30 PM

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC)  : Beginning Sunday, 38 bus routes will be cut entirely, while another 76 will run shorter routes or shorter hours. Off-peak subway service will be reduced on 11 subway lines starting Sunday, while two others will be eliminated as of Monday. Along with reductions on commuter railroads, the cuts are expected to save the MTA $93 million annually. The MTA is facing a $750 million budget deficit this year. 

The majority of bus routes will remain the same, however, and every subway station will continue be served, though some of them less frequently.

On air, we've used a somewhat vaguer number.  Our count here includes express buses and routes in the MTA Bus Company. Also, we consider a route eliminated when its number is retired, even if service is improved on a neighboring route to pick up some passengers.


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Comments [8]


The cuts to services affect primarily working class New Yorkers as do all the cuts that this billionaire Mayor has proposed. It has become commonplace to assume that working people have to pay the freight for all the government services. What happened to the idea of progressive taxation? (Oh yeah, it died when the rich began to buy elections and when the Contract to do in America was written by the GOP.)
It makes more sense to increase marginal taxes on the wealthier than to continue to tax the working people in the city. Even the alternatives to the eliminated routes, dollar vans, are effectively a tax on the woorking people as they can't use unlimited ride Metro cards to discount their fares as they can on subways and bus lines.
Journalists are complicit in this because they don't question assumptions such as we can't raise taxes, city workers have to give up salary and benefits, and it is okay to raise the most regressive taxes (sales tax on clothes and other necessities) but we can't revisit the commuter tax, raise marginal tax rates on the wealthiest one percent of the population, or cut salaries for city managers.

Jul. 02 2010 02:02 PM
#1 train rider

Isn't it ironic that the MTA is installing screens to show when the next train will arrive just in time for budget and service cuts? Or is it an extremely clever move to make service cuts extremely visible, so that there will be a stronger argument for funding the MTA?

Jul. 02 2010 12:28 PM
Alice Lovely

I know it's a stupid question, but how come government can fund two wars and bend over backwards to help out banks, insurance companies, and hedge fund managers while it can't manage to effectively subsidize services that are necessary for us regular citizens?

Jul. 01 2010 12:13 PM

Too bad the people who ride the lines where service has been cut aren't multi-millionaire developers or pro sports stars. Then, Nanny Bloomberg would send limos to pick them up every morning!

Jul. 01 2010 11:12 AM

Lima, Peru has van transportation as part of its public tran. They're called combis, are cheap, way fast, and go where buses don't. I loved them and hope that something similar will be available to Queens and Brooklyn people.

Jul. 01 2010 06:41 AM

Agree with Molly. There's a complete absence of accountability at the MTA by which, in the initial instance, they were able to mismanage their funds, their real-estate holdings, etc., etc. Profound management incompetence has resulted in riders paying the tab. To think that the service will have made significant strides towards going down the toilet by the time they raise the fares next year to (probably) $2.50 is very hard to swallow.

Jun. 30 2010 04:58 PM
Jack Irwin

I want to know why MTA bosses still get cars to ride around in. They should be forced to use the trains and buses. Also the trains are filthy. $2.25 should get you some modicum of comfort.

Jun. 30 2010 11:08 AM

extensive delays - very crowded during morning commute to work . Boarded F at 15th street, brklyn and transfered to A at Jay street to Broadway/ Nassau. Usually takes 30 minutes and it took over 1 hr.

Jun. 30 2010 10:58 AM

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