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-Can we expect the R-32s/R-42s to be shuffled around the system during the remainder of their stay?

-What is going to happen with the 14 ex-Jamaica-Yard R42s? Last I heard, weren't they supposed to be reactivated?

-If the R-44 decision had been made earlier (say 12 to 15 months ago), could we have expected to still see a small number of R-38s or R-40s running?

-When/If the new '(M)' line goes into effect, will it use solely R-160s, or will it use some supplemental R-32s/R-42s?

-Imagine that 2 years from now, the (MTA) will be in a financially stable (and fiscally strong) position. If that was to be the case in the near future, would the current service cuts be rescinded?

-How is it that not too long ago, we had just avoided severe service cuts (when Albany bailed out the (MTA) at the last minute), and the (MTA) then claimed that their budget was fixed, and then, only several months later, another large budget-hole magically re-appeared, re-instituting the 'Doomsday' crisis all over again? How was such a gross miscalculation allowed?

-Is the elimination of free student Metrocards still part of the (MTA)'s service-cut plan?

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-Can we expect the R-32s/R-42s to be shuffled around the system during the remainder of their stay?

-What is going to happen with the 14 ex-Jamaica-Yard R42s? Last I heard, weren't they supposed to be reactivated?

-If the R-44 decision had been made earlier (say 12 to 15 months ago), could we have expected to still see a small number of R-38s or R-40s running?

-When/If the new '(M)' line goes into effect, will it use solely R-160s, or will it use some supplemental R-32s/R-42s?

-Imagine that 2 years from now, the (MTA) will be in a financially stable (and fiscally strong) position. If that was to be the case in the near future, would the current service cuts be rescinded?

-How is it that not too long ago, we had just avoided severe service cuts (when Albany bailed out the (MTA) at the last minute), and the (MTA) then claimed that their budget was fixed, and then, only several months later, another large budget-hole magically re-appeared, re-instituting the 'Doomsday' crisis all over again? How was such a gross miscalculation allowed?

-Is the elimination of free student Metrocards still part of the (MTA)'s service-cut plan?

 

In the order you asked...

 

-doubt it

-they were supposed to be reactivated, but no one knows what happened after that

-probably

-since the new (M) is gonna be out of ENY, it will be all R160's

-they might be, but no one knows

-both Albany & the (MTA) screwed up somewhere and they overlooked something

-the (MTA) isn't in charge of student metrocards, that has something to do with Albany

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-Is the elimination of free student Metrocards still part of the (MTA)'s service-cut plan?

 

Yes. It wouldn't be the case if the economy was better. The state should be sending money to the city, to enable the city government to reimburse the MTA for the lost fares. But, Albany is comprised of a bunch of self-centered rejects that have no idea as to how to pass laws!

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-Imagine that 2 years from now, the (MTA) will be in a financially stable (and fiscally strong) position. If that was to be the case in the near future, would the current service cuts be rescinded?

-How is it that not too long ago, we had just avoided severe service cuts (when Albany bailed out the (MTA) at the last minute), and the (MTA) then claimed that their budget was fixed, and then, only several months later, another large budget-hole magically re-appeared, re-instituting the 'Doomsday' crisis all over again? How was such a gross miscalculation allowed?

-Is the elimination of free student Metrocards still part of the (MTA)'s service-cut plan?

 

-The day (MTA) can be used in the same as "fiscally strong" without the use of the word "not", will be the day pigs fly.

 

-Albany bailed out the (MTA), only to take a significant portion of the money back. Doesn't help the system was already broke before.

 

-Yes, and until the Department of Education and the State chip in money to pay for student metrocards, they should be rescinded.

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-Yes, and until the Department of Education and the State chip in money to pay for student metrocards, they should be rescinded.

You're entitled to your own opinion, of course, but having said that, I wasn't asking you about your philosophy involving who should fund the student metrocard program....

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Albany bailed out the (MTA), only to take a significant portion of the money back. Doesn't help the system was already broke before.

 

It's not that they took the money back. $200 million out of the current $800 million deficit is a result of a miscalculation of (MTA) bailout funds they would receive from Albany. Another $143 million is money that Albany cut from the (MTA)'s budget. The rest is from lower-than-expected tax revenues which is one of the (MTA)'s main sources of money. It's also expected too. One of the main things that made the bailout last year was the implementation of payroll tax. That doesn't work in a bad economy where few people have jobs with taxable payrolls.

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-Can we expect the R-32s/R-42s to be shuffled around the system during the remainder of their stay?

Probably not, they'll most likely stay where they are.

-What is going to happen with the 14 ex-Jamaica-Yard R42s? Last I heard, weren't they supposed to be reactivated?

They might reactivate them to replace the 44s.

-If the R-44 decision had been made earlier (say 12 to 15 months ago), could we have expected to still see a small number of R-38s or R-40s running?

Most likely, yes.

-When/If the new '(M)' line goes into effect, will it use solely R-160s, or will it use some supplemental R-32s/R-42s?

R160s only.

-Imagine that 2 years from now, the (MTA) will be in a financially stable (and fiscally strong) position. If that was to be the case in the near future, would the current service cuts be rescinded? TBH, service cuts are almost never rescinded.

-How is it that not too long ago, we had just avoided severe service cuts (when Albany bailed out the (MTA) at the last minute), and the (MTA) then claimed that their budget was fixed, and then, only several months later, another large budget-hole magically re-appeared, re-instituting the 'Doomsday' crisis all over again? How was such a gross miscalculation allowed?

Blame Albany for that one.

-Is the elimination of free student Metrocards still part of the (MTA)'s service-cut plan? AFAIK, yes.

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