The MTA’s Modest Improvement

The Story

Over the last 18 months, the MTA has made some headway in addressing its declining quality of service. The agency has stabilized its operations, though the standard of performance still leaves a lot to be desired. New Yorkers need substantially better subway service than they’re getting–especially with fare hikes on the horizon.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Improved: Trains were on-time 70% of the time in October, up from 62% in May 2017. Read more.

  2. Tracked: Delays attributable to “track problems” have declined sharply since the MTA’s action plan was instituted. Read more.

  3. Costs: Overstaffing and excessive overtime drive the MTA’s operational costs, which have risen far faster than the rate of inflation, making it hard to allocate funds for capital improvements. Read more.

“The subway system is still not performing close to the levels of more than half a decade ago, when delays, train failures, and major incidents were much rarer than they are today.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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The Past is Present

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“In the event of a transit strike, New York pols must hang tough.”

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