The city’s transit system is in crisis. The MTA has been accruing debt just to make the trains run on time while ignoring significant capital needs. Mismanagement on the operational level is depriving tomorrow’s city of the transit system it needs. Reining in spending on overtime and labor costs is necessary to get the MTA’s finances in order.
The Facts You Need to Know
Never/Rarely: The subway system’s 467 stations will be in a “state of good repair” no sooner than 2067, according to a report from the Citizens Budget Commission. Read more.
Gap Slap: The MTA’s $15 billion capital budget gap makes it hard to see how the transit system will expand to meet the needs of a growing city. Read more.
B&T: Rationalizing New York City’s current system of tolling bridges and tunnels could generate $1.5 billion annually for capital improvements. Read more.
“What riders don't realize, though, is that in our system it's not just the architecture that is 100 years old - it's a lot of the basic technology as well.”
The Past is Present
“Boston is outraged this week, after several three-ton ceiling panels in a three-year-old tunnel came unglued and fell on a car traveling beneath, killing 38-year-old Milena Del Valle and injuring her husband. New York should pay careful attention to Boston’s woes, since Gotham uses the same unaccountable management structure to run its own vital transportation system and thus is vulnerable to a similar failure.”
On The Calendar
In his revealing new memoir Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City, Ray Kelly, the son of an Upper West Side milkman, offers colorful insight on a unique life and career. Tune in to @TheBeatMI or #TheBeatLive at 12:45pm on September 18th to engage the live tweet of this event, as one of America’s great crime-fighters discusses the past, present, and future of public safety in the United States.
And in other news...
“Arrests for performers onboard trains more than doubled last year. The “acrobats,” as Police Commissioner William J. Bratton called them, were held up as a signpost of disorder underground; enforcement against them, the commissioner said last year, was “soaring.””