Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Bloomberg: MTA Needs New Funding Sources
Thursday, December 17, 2009
New York, NY —
The MTA board has approved an austerity plan to close a nearly $400-million funding gap by eliminating the W and Z subway lines, and more than 20 bus routes.
Mayor Bloomberg says it probably won't be the last doomsday budget for the state-run transit agency. He says it needs to find new sources of funding.
BLOOMBERG: and they will never stop the endless cycle of increased fares and pressure on reducing services unless they make the capital investments to make that system serve more people and get more ridership.
REPORTER: Transit officials moved to make the deep cuts after lawmakers in Albany slashed the MTA's funding to reduce a state budget deficit. Also, a regional payroll tax to benefit transit brought in less revenue than expected.
If city, state, and MTA officials are able to come up with an agreement to restore funding during the next six months, they could avert the service cuts, including a plan to phase out free student Metrocards, over the next two years.