Deceiving About Delays

The Story

Last summer’s subway delays drove commuters around the bend, as straphangers sweated it out on crowded, steaming platforms. Governor Cuomo blamed Con Ed, claiming the utility wasn’t delivering the power needed to keep the trains running. Now it turns out the MTA falsified delay figures in order to shift the blame away from its own failings. New Yorkers demand clarity, transparency, and reform from the MTA.  

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. CYA: Emails show that MTA executives tried to portray track-signal problems as power-related issues. Read more.

  2. Worse: Despite the MTA’s “action plan” to fix the subways, delays and performance got worse between 2016 and 2017. Read more.

  3. Debt: The MTA’s revenue growth has outpaced inflation for more than a decade, but its spiraling pension and health-care costs have eaten up all the extra money. Read more.

“History indicates that the MTA will spend much of any new revenues allocated to it on increased operating spending and on servicing debt.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Trainwreck By Nicole Gelinas (December 16, 2009)

“The MTA certainly understands that it can’t ignore its biggest cost, personnel: It’s slashing pay for non-union workers by 10 percent to save $49 million.”

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