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.
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December 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.
September 2015 —
On July 22, 2015, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released a preliminary budget for 2016 and an associated financial plan (the “July Plan”). The July Plan shows that the short-term outlook for the MTA’s operating budget has improved with the economy, but the 2015-2019 capital program still has a $9.8 billion funding gap.
October 2014 —
On July 28, 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released a preliminary budget for 2015 and an associated financial plan (the “July Plan”). The July Plan, which covers 2014 through 2018, shows that the MTA’s short-term financial outlook continues to improve with the economy.
October 2014 —
The New York City subway system includes 468 passenger stations, which are used by 5.5 million riders each weekday. The system is operated by New York City Transit (NYCT), the largest subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
July 2014 —
The regional transit system operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has improved dramatically over the past three decades.
June 2014 —
This report is the ninth in a series by the Office of the State Comptroller on the progress of the capital security program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
March 2013 —
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is constructing one of the largest and most complex public works projects in the country, East Side Access (ESA).