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NYC Mass Transit Facing Another $100 Million Cut

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The MTA says New York

The NYC MTA is facing a sharp cut to an already tight budget.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for a $100 million cut from its already squeezed budget will be painful. But the authority insists it can be done without additional fare hikes or service cuts. Still, riders might see dirtier buses and trains.

Bill Henderson of the Permanent Citizens Advisory

Committee to the MTA says all of the low-hanging fruit has been plucked from the authority's budget. Last year the MTA cut two trains, dozens of bus routes, added several minutes to most commute times, halved the cleaning schedule for trains, and laid off hundreds of workers. Henderson says he worried the new round of cuts could mean longer waits for riders, postponed maintenance and less frequent cleaning of stations, trains and buses.

"That's a lot of money and until I see where the money is coming from that doesn't have an impact on the riders, I'm going to be nervous about impacts on the riders," he said.

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