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New York City’s transportation infrastructure grows more dysfunctional by the day, and solving the crisis seems as remote as ever. The region’s booming workforce demands effective transit, but the agencies tasked with the job are mired in corruption and focused on misplaced priorities. When will New York get the transportation leadership it deserves?

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Airport: The Port Authority—whose most recent signature project has a problem with leaks—now plans to build an expensive, inconvenient AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport. Read more.

  2. Transform: The MTA released a new “Transformation Plan” that does nothing to address the agency’s ponderous and growing bureaucracy. Read more.

  3. Over: The MTA’s new inspector general has discovered rampant overtime fraud among the agency’s employees. Read more.

“To fix it, the governor and the legislature first have to un-design it—and then level with voters about the hard truths.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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The Past is Present

The Obstacle to Bloomberg’s Master Plan By Nicole Gelinas (June 8, 2007)

“The mayor may soon learn that, while his plan to do an end run around the MTA’s storied dysfunction was creative, the MTA is simply too big and too dysfunctional to ignore.”

And in other news...

“Six years after Citi Bike launched in New York City, the popular bike-share program will soon roll into the Bronx, city officials said Tuesday.”