Cash-Strapped MTA Sells Bonds in Desperation; Bloomberg Sees Fare Hike and/or Service Cuts
The MTA revisited the budget in December and instituted new reductions in bus and subway service, which have yet to take effect. They're still holding hearings on doing away with student discount fares. It seems as if they've already cut a lot without reaching the bone, but they may be getting there.
The Authority's finances are sufficiently dire that Chairman Jay Walder has admitted the MTA isn't keeping the stations as clean as it used to. "During each financial downturn, the first thing to go is the cleaning and maintenance of the stations," he says.