The MTA Cuts, by the Numbers

Thursday, March 26, 2009

subwaywJust how bad are they? MTA Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger earlier this week predicted riders would be calling up their legislators later this year, saying, 'My God, I can't get to work on time!'

The MTA has put up on its website, in the type of excruciating detail that only a great bureaucracy can produce, the impact of each and every planned service cut approved yesterday.

We'll let you decide if you agree with Hemmerdinger. But it sure looks like the pain will vary widely depending on how and when you get to work.

The broadest impact will be felt by riders of subway lines that will no longer exist--but then again, they will have other options that will make their commutes only modestly longer. Getting rid of the W will add about 2 minutes of waiting time for 20,000 commuters, for example, and lengthen the rides of another 80,000 passengers each weekday by 1 to 2 minutes. Will your line be affected? (Click on 'Subway' halfway down this page.)

On the lettered subway lines, off-peak trains will run less frequently. That means 910,000 afternoon (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) and evening (9 a.m.-midnight) commuters will have to wait an extra minute or two. (It also means some people will have to stand during periods when they are usually assured of a seat.) More are listed under 'Other Service and Cost Reduction Steps.'

Riders on underused bus routes are going to be hit the hardest, but, by definition, there are fewer of them. The elimination of one route that's garnered a lot of attention, the M8, will force 3,200 bus riders each weekday to walk 6 blocks north to catch the M14, or south for the M21. See 'Bus' on this page.

If you are curious about the impact on commuter railroads and other cuts, check out the MTA's master list.

You can also find out when, approximately, the cuts will go into effect. (Some of them won't until December.)

Chime in below with examples of what the cuts are going to mean to you--assuming Albany doesn't step in first.


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Jun. 25 2010 09:37 AM

Yeah this 3 billion dollar Moynihan Train Hall is a joke. Schumer..that hack on the Senate Banking Committee wants to destroy the Landmark Farley Post Office, along with the New York Landmark Conservancy because Moynihan got the Conservancy a vacant federal building. Schumer wants to steal 100 million of Stimulus slated for Amtrak to start gutting the Farley P.O., a NYC and national Landmark.

Apr. 03 2009 05:43 PM

not a senior, don't take the bus - but the way I see it don't cut lifeline bus routes that are the only way seniors get around. Instead take two routes off the chopping block by running the bus on one line on tuesdays, thursdays, saturdays and run the other line weds, Fridays and sundays. I am sure seniors would prefer to wait a day to get around town rather than be stranded.

Mar. 30 2009 09:27 AM

It really is outrageous that the MTA is going forward with useless projects like the LIRR extension, and possibly the 7-line extension (which serves a constituency of riders that doesn't exist yet, but is a huge boon to westside estate developers.) Seriously. If we could eliminate these moronic projects, including the Fulton transit station, and if that nut Schumer would quit calling for the gutting of the Farley post office to create a train station, then maybe our pols could get their stuff together and fix this system, which is underfunded at every level of government. Here's an idea: Re-audit the MTA, maybe it's still keeping two books... Fire the Chairmen. They are clueless, rich fatcats who received political appointments based on their fundraising, not expertise or dedication to public service. Also, if we added a 1 percent sales tax to the region served my the MTA it'd probably generate enough money to pay for the whole system with free rides. At least consider that as an option to cut down the debt and get our house in order. Sheesh.

Mar. 29 2009 09:20 PM
Ruben Safir

What kind of nonsense is this that the Head of the MTA spends billions of dollars on improvements like digital switches on the L train only to put us in a situation where he is threatening NYC that we won't be able to get to work. This guy is a crook. I'd like him to run for office and tell people that the MTA will be so bad that NYers won't be able to get to work, Fire the whole MTA then because after 20 years of supposedly fixing the system, we now have a system that we can't afford to use.

Ditch the 15.2 billion dollar LIRR to Grand Central Station addition, which we don't need and use the 15.2 billion dollars in savings to keep the system working and stop threatening us because, frankly, I'm sick of it and have better things to do.


Mar. 27 2009 04:36 AM

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