The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has long faced difficulties closing projected budget gaps, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic, necessitating an unprecedented level of federal funding to maintain service operations. The MTA had been previously encouraged to examine cost and revenue efficiencies but those alone are unlikely to close the more than $2.5 billion annual gap that will remain when federal pandemic relief is exhausted in 2025, forcing the MTA to lay out savings and revenue options for its stakeholders to consider.
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November 2022 —
October 2022 —
Ten years ago, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York, causing catastrophic devastation to Long Island and New York City. One of the key organizations involved in the recovery and the planning of responses to future climate events is the MTA, whose assets were substantially impacted by the storm. This analysis tracks MTA’s progress on projects focused on rebuilding and strengthening elements affected by Superstorm Sandy and discusses what more can be done to better protect the system from new disasters.
October 2022 —
Over the last year, the fiscal position of the MTA has deteriorated, as transit ridership continued to lag at the low end of the authority’s projections. The MTA has two years to bring back riders and rebuild fare revenue before federal aid runs out. In the meantime, it must develop plans to cover budget gaps that start at $2.5 billion in 2025.
July 2022 —
The pandemic caused a dramatic drop in riders and ridership revenue for transit systems across the country, and the MTA was hit particularly hard. The MTA must continue taking creative measures to boost ridership, but stakeholders may have to come to terms with enhancing or identifying new sources of revenue, cost savings and efficiencies if the agency is to achieve a balanced budget once federal aid runs out.
June 2022 —
New York City’s transportation and warehousing sector regained 82% of its pandemic job losses as of April 2022. The sector’s relatively strong job gains over the past two years were fueled by increased demand for moving goods rather than people during the pandemic. An explosion in e-commerce led the growth in the courier and messenger, and warehousing and storage subsectors, which now well exceed pre-pandemic employment levels.
April 2022 —
Despite unprecedented federal aid, the MTA is still faced with determining how it will close its budget gaps in the future. If riders do not return faster than the MTA projects, or if new sources of revenue are not found, rising debt payments could force the MTA to close future budget gaps through service cuts, greater than planned fare hikes, or delays to critical capital projects.
December 2021 —
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is facing significant long-term financial challenges, including risks to its capital plan and pressure from escalating debt, while the impacts of climate change demand a sharper focus on preparation for and response to extreme weather events. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act offers a boost for the agency’s capital plan, but also heightens the need for appropriate prioritization of capital projects. This report uses the latest needs assessment to measure the progress in completing projects and making capital commitments, as of September 2021.
September 2021 —
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MTA has been in a state of existential crisis. The Comptroller’s annual report on the MTA’s finances details how the combination of higher spending, the winding down of federal aid, the risk of lower ridership levels, increased impact from extreme weather, potential service reductions and other factors put the MTA in danger starting in 2025.
April 2021 —
The MTA’s capital program for 2020-2024 totals $54.8 billion, by far the largest program in its history. As of December 31, 2020, only 100 of 517 projects had been completed or begun, and most of the rest of the program had been indefinitely suspended.
March 2021 —
Comptroller DiNapoli has launched an interactive online tool of subway ridership that details where straphangers are, and are not, returning to the subway system, alongside neighborhood and local demographics, employment and income.
October 2020 —
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is facing the greatest challenge in its history.
March 2020 —
Inadequate capital funding and poor management practices have contributed to a marked deterioration in the mass transit system operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In addition, the MTA’s operating budget faces significant challenges.
September 2019 —
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is facing its greatest challenge in decades.
August 2019 —
The New York City subway system, which is used by more than 5 million riders each weekday, includes 472 stations. The system is operated by New York City Transit (NYCT), an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Over the past 37 years, 287 stations have been renovated and countless others have had components repaired, at a cost of more than $6 billion.
July 2019 —
In January 2018, OSC initiated its series of audits to determine whether the MTA and constituent agencies have appropriate oversight and monitoring controls over homeless outreach services on MTA properties and whether they have met the goal of maintaining a safe, secure transit environment by assisting homeless individuals to appropriate shelters off MTA properties.
October 2018 —
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which operates the regional transportation system in the New York City metropolitan area, is facing its greatest challenge in decades.
March 2018 —
In 2017, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) had its worst on-time performance in 18 years. An estimated 9.2 million riders were inconvenienced by trains that were late, canceled at the terminal before departing, or terminated en route before reaching their destinations.
November 2017 —
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is the largest mass transit agency in the nation, providing services to nearly one-third of the nation’s mass transit commuters.
April 2017 —
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is the largest commuter railroad in the nation. In 2016, the LIRR carried 89.3 million riders, the most since 1949.
September 2016 —
On July 27, 2016, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released a preliminary budget for 2017 and an associated financial plan (the “July Plan”). The outlook for the MTA’s budget has improved considerably over the past year as it continues to benefit from the economic recovery, and from low energy costs and interest rates.