Mar

25

MTA to Take More of Your Money For Less Service

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Earlier today, as reported by City Room, the board of the MTA voted to both raise fares and cut back on services. The widely-expected move comes amid a serious budget crunch, exacerbated because the MTA is required to have a balanced budget. Local officials claim that this was a necessary step, especially after the state senate blocked a package of new taxes and tolls championed by Governor David Paterson.

How will the decision affect you? For starters, subway and bus fares will increase from $2 to $2.50, beginning May 31. For your extra four bits you will receive fewer trains on the 1 line between 11 and 3 p.m. on weekdays, as well as between 2 and 5 a.m. all seven days, as well as a shortened M104 route. What a deal!

Other changes include the elimination of the W and Z lines, as well as 35 bus lines in total. A full list of changes affecting the 10027 zip code is posted after the jump, and those living elsewhere can search at the Comptroller’s website. Happy route hunting! (photo via Flickr)

Service Type Name Change Time
Subway
1
Fewer Trains
2 AM-5 AM
Subway
1
Fewer Trains
Weekdays – 11 AM-3 PM
Subway Station
125th St (2,3)
One full-time station booth eliminated
Subway Station
125th St (A,B,C,D)
One part-time agent eliminated
Current hours: 6:10 AM-12 AM – Mon.-Sat.
Bus
M104
Route Partly Eliminated
All Times
Bus
M1
Service Eliminated
Overnight
Bus
M102
Service Eliminated
Overnight
Bus
M2
Service Eliminated
Overnight
Bus
M100
Later Start – Morning
Saturdays
Bus
M11
Later Start – Morning
Weekdays
Bus
M10
Service Eliminated
Weekdays
Bus
M18
Service Eliminated
Weekdays
Bus
M1
Route Partly Eliminated
Weekends

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25 Comments

  1. Great

    The 1 already never comes between 11-3.

  2. wesley snipes  

    as long as the money train still runs on time, i'm satisfied.

  3. Don't Blame MTA

    It is very difficult to run mass transit like this without a deficit, especially on a system that is very old.

    • Then

      who do you blame? They're the ones that have failed to run it. Sure, their job is difficult, but its their job.

    • blame...

      Can you think of a business in New York City that has as much of a monopoly, or that has as many customers and treats those customers any worse? Can you think of a business that has resisted upgrading its services as much-- that is as filthy or as inefficient? And why a fare increase now, when energy prices have fallen by over 100% since the summer? I think it is very difficult not to conclude that they are simply incompetent.

  4. curious  

    I still have not been able to get over the fact that during the Fall of '05, when I was a freshman, I remember the MTA had a $50million surplus, and started doling out half-fare metrocards for a month. What on earth happened?? What changed between then and now that fucked their budgets? And if they were going to crash into a deficit, why the half-fares?

    The MTA is stupid. What they really need to do is to lease out station space to businesses and let them sell their shit there and charge mad rent.

    • Alum

      For one thing, tax revenues have fallen. There must also be fewer fare-paying commuters after the massive layoffs in the financial sector. Tourism and business travel are also down, thus reducing other sources of fare income. None of this could have been predicted in 2005.

      • I think

        tourism is still quite high, though tourists and particularly businessmen from Wall Street are not necessarily the likeliest people to ride the subway in any case, especially not the latter. More to the point, however, have you personally seen a dearth of people on the subway? Do you have to go far and wide to find a subway car filled to capacity without any room for standing (assuming you still live in New York)?

      • No...  

        They did not manage their finances well. The state should have helped, but they should also not have been here to begin with.

      • no but  

        they seem to have had budget issues dating back to mid/late 06, when the economy was (under the illusion of) doing fine

  5. dsz  

    bwog, why are you using photos that are explicitly copyrighted on flickr?

  6. thank god  

    i'm graduating.

  7. Angela  

    Guys, please learn to credit photos properly. Not hard. And it makes for better journalism.

  8. why not just take a cab  

    and avoid all the nut jobs in the subway? after all that's what aj would do...or at least he'd complain about it

  9. well,

    at least the ABCD has been left intact. And at least I have a bike, thank fucking God...

  10. so...

    i guess this means it'll be another 15 yrs before construction at the 59th st station is finally finished.

  11. isnt this like

    the opposite of what you're supposed to do in a recession?

  12. Not Hopeful  

    I guess there's no chance in Hell that there'll be any kind of subsidized student fare?

    Damnit. My commute just got that much longer and that much more expensive.

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