No Progress at the MTA
The state legislative session is drawing to a close without achieving any concrete progress at the MTA. The MTA once could say that, for all its faults, at least it ran the trains on time. That’s no longer the case, though performance has improved in recent months. Breaking up the multijurisdictional authority would raise too many thorny issues, especially with its insurmountable level of debt. Nevertheless, New York depends on efficient transit, and somehow, the state needs to straighten out the MTA.
The Facts You Need to Know
Yessir: With Governor Cuomo strong-arming the legislature to let him put a close ally on the MTA board, it is more clear than ever that the MTA is controlled by the governor. Read more.
Managers: Transit managers and experts hired to run parts of the system—like Andy Byford, in charge of the trains—are denied the freedom to exercise true authority. Read more.
LIRR: The disproportionate influence of Long Island legislators in Albany ensures that the Long Island Rail Road enjoys generous subsidies from bus and subway riders. Read more.
“The MTA insulates elected officials from accountability for transportation, without shouldering accountability itself.”
Appears @NYSenate will void long-standing residency requirement for @MTA board member and will confirm #RobMujica --- who lives in #Albany area --- and is @NYGovCuomo budget director. We believe MTA residency requirement makes sense. ›@2AvSagas https://t.co/9H4REB2Tdw pic.twitter.com/JHNwhCduEj— Reinvent Albany (@ReinventAlbany) June 19, 2019
The Past is Present
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