Claiming the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could run out of money as soon as next month, public transportation advocates are asking Washington for more money to prevent the collapse of a transit system that serves more than 2 million people daily even during the ongoing pandemic.
New York Congressmen Thomas Suozzi and Peter King have published a piece in The Hill making the case for federal support for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York’s struggling public transit system.
To protect essential workers commuting to their jobs and slow the spread of the coronavirus contagion, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will disinfect all NYC transit trains and buses every 24 hours.
Transportation advocates urge state leaders to preserve MTA dedicated funding in upcoming state budget adjustment, one of three permitted in the SFY 2020-21 Enacted Budget to respond to financial shortfalls caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
According to the state comptroller, the budget enacted by New York this year leaves greater uncertainty for school districts, health care providers and local governments than ever before due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is expected to hurt the state’s financial situation for years to come.
A coalition of good government advocates have called on their Washington representatives to ensure $4 billion in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — already beset by failing infrastructure and skyrocketing debt while undergoing a major internal reorganization — to offset the economic cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to devote one-fifth of total revenue to debt service by 2023 as it relies increasingly on borrowing to finance its capital needs, according to a report released this week by the state comptroller, leaving a smaller share of revenue for other priorities and hindering budget flexibility during an economic setback.
The state Senate passed legislation this week amending the Vehicle and Traffic Law to require all adult passengers of motor vehicles to wear a seatbelt for the first time, including backseat passengers. The same bill in the Assembly was passed last month.