MTA Facts

The Story

Every subway passenger can tell that the system is in trouble. But the problem runs deeper than the average commuter may know. Soaring costs and deferred maintenance have led directly to a decline in service that inconveniences riders daily. Politicians may hem and haw about who’s to blame, but the data are unambiguous: the system has reached a crisis point.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Slow: Sixty-five percent of trains are running on time; just five years ago, 86% did. Read more.

  2. Costs: MTA revenue is at an all-time high, but debt service and employee benefits are eating up an increasingly large portion of the budget. Read more.

  3. Debt: In the early 1980s, the MTA carried virtually no debt; today, its debt approaches $40 billion. Read more.

“The subway system is no doubt in distress and we’re here for solutions.”

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota

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“Gotham’s subways are in deep trouble.”

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