Last Friday evening, as New Yorkers were heading home to prepare for a blisteringly hot weekend, the subway system became paralyzed by a communications mishap. The MTA insists that service is improving, though millions of daily passengers think otherwise. New York’s transit system needs tens of billions of dollars of fixing; some of that will come from new revenue, but some has to come from efficiencies, too.
The Facts You Need to Know
Wage: New York’s “prevailing-wage” requirements cause public-sector construction costs to exceed, by multiples, those of comparable private-sector projects. Read more.
Health: Retiree health benefits—which, unlike pensions, do not have constitutional protection—could be modified by contract. Read more.
Rules: The recent overtime scandal at the MTA was driven by absurd work rules that need reform. Read more.
“Projected new revenues will not cover the MTA’s projected capital needs.”
“As the MTA undertakes its internal reviews, the authority, as well as the state legislature, comptroller, and governor should focus on a few key additional areas where the potential for savings is large.”
The Past is Present
“Gotham’s critical lifeline is a wreck.”
And in other news...
“A Harlem summer camp held in a NYCHA community center has been suspended due to stomach-churning conditions: Rotting rat corpses falling from the moldering drop ceiling, random showers of maggots, and cockroaches everywhere.”