What Should the MTA Do With $30 Million From Albany?

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We all know the MTA's wallets are running thin, even amid record-high ridership. The recent fare hike and the fact that major project proposals are tripping over price tags are more than enough indication that the authority is handling the city's transportation on a slim budget.

So the news of a major cash injection from Governor Cuomo couldn't come sooner.

Yesterday, the Albany chieftain announced that the MTA would be getting $40 million more than it requested in state funds. In total, this fiscal year is witnessing an increase in transit aid across the state by about $360 million; most of which has come from the toll hike that has taken effect.

With that money, the MTA is proposing to set up a fund to better serve customers with all this new cash. The coming changes will not be released until July, when the agency releases its official budget. But, until then, we can speculate just what exactly the MTA should be working on to make sure the lives of New Yorkers are a bit less frantic.

A better G train. Now that the line is finally getting its full review, use that money to make sure the G comes in the next millenium.

Get rid of those silly barred-all-around turnstiles. You know which ones I'm talking about; the ones you have to swing around to get through. The ones you can get caught in if you're not lucky. The ones where someone in front of you always talks too long to swipe as you watch the next train leave the platform. Yeah, those damn things.

Settle on a proposal to avoid more subway deaths. We don't care if it's platform doors, laser alarms, or slowed down arrival speeds. Just think of something and follow through with it; we cannot let this problem go on anymore.

Turn turnstiles into EZ-Pass-style gateways. Because how cool (and wildly more efficient) would that be?

Roll back the fare hike. Might as well, right?

Build bathrooms in subway stations. Still unsure why these do not exist for the most part. But we've all asked ourselves that question before.

Finish the Second Avenue Subway. Just kidding.

If you have any other more suggestions for the MTA, throw them in the comments section. And nobody better say "less people."

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16 comments
rmilcarcamar
rmilcarcamar

How about giving the MTA employees a raise without expecting give backs.  Everything is going up except the workers' paychecks.  The MTA workers have been working without a contract for way too long with no increase in salary in sight.  It's disgraceful...that it has been going on so long.  If everything is going up including the MTA fares, then everyone is entitled to a cost of living increase!

arcadebrigade
arcadebrigade

I was just talking about EZ pass style gateways the other day! Glad I'm not the only one thinking that, the turnstiles are so inefficient and cause serious traffic. And clean up some of the older stations as well. The smell of some of them is horrendous.

swagl3sson101
swagl3sson101

The 5 train has become the worst service MTA has to offer!!! They should work on that!!! Because its really a shame how 5 train is never on time or goes to it's proper locations

frank124c
frank124c topcommenter

I believe the use of subway and buses should be entirely free. They can be paid for by an increase in real estate taxes for those buildings located near the subways since their owners do reap a profit by charging higher rents for tenants of such buildings due to the convenience. This is not a "liberal" idea, btw, since it was first proposed by the late Wm F. Buckley years ago. He said that the streets are free to walk in and for drivers of cars so why not make the subways free also? A simple lazer beam would do fine to reduce the danger of injury since it could sound an alarm  in the train driver's booth and thus warn him to stop until the person who broke the beam could be rescued. 

elenkaf
elenkaf

I have a bone to pick with the MTA. A few weeks ago, to my surprise the fare was raised. I proceeded to the counter to buy a metro card and was charged an additional dollar! While waiting on the platform for the train that “never came”. I couldn't help but notice leaks and garbage on the tracks. The R train pulled in, during rush hour, an entire cart was empty and people were stuffing themselves into the overcrowded train cart. Why was there an empty cart? A homeless man smeared his waste all over the train. I was furious! Raise the fare and travelers are subjected to these conditions? Our mass transit is a disgrace, constant delays for construction but I haven't seen any improvements. What should they do with this money? Create pleasant commuting for travelers who are paying these absurd prices

Christopherrr
Christopherrr

Maybe if the MTA didn't have a freakishly high amount of debt or it's funding wasn't frequently pilfered by other agencies this might result in something tangible. I think NYers need to concede to having a turn of the century transit system for a few more decades before any significant change will occur

Mia Carla
Mia Carla

Add more security on trains and subways. Add Guard Rails on platforms for people so they cant climb or fall down.

Elle22
Elle22

Definitely more crosstown subways. How has that not been mentioned yet. 


Also more outer borough subway stations/trains that connect manhattan to outer boroughs.

DarinCredible
DarinCredible

@villagevoice maybe put it towards that debt they keep moaning about so they dont have to raise fares yet again?

Niecy Cee
Niecy Cee

Or at least get rid of that $1 charge for a MetroCard!

thompsonashley18
thompsonashley18

As a New York City commuter, I strongly think that the new state funds should be contributed to fixing the leaking subway station at Borough Hall, enforcing faster 3 and 4 train service, and creating a new route that will allow more trains to stop at Utica Ave. than the 3 and 4 trains currently. 

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