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MTA Delays Improvements, Citing Drop in Real Estate Sales Taxes

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MTA Delays Improvements, Citing Drop in Real Estate Sales Taxes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday postponed $30 million in service improvements that it had promised in connection with recent fare and toll increases, saying its finances had worsened sharply.

 

The list of large and small changes would have made life easier for many subway riders. Evening service on the (:D and (W) lines on weekdays would have been extended to 11 from 9:30. Service on the (G) line would have been substantially improved, with more trains on both weekdays and weekends. New bus routes and added service on commuter rail lines were also planned.

 

The shortfall was chiefly caused by a sharp drop in taxes from real estate transactions, transportation authority officials said. They held out hope that if finances improve by the summer, they could go ahead with the improvements.

 

Full story: nytimes_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - March 25, 2008

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What else is new? Their goes everything we hoped for... Was looking forward to night ride on the (:D, and overnight (3) service. Thats the (MTA) for you.

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Geez, are you kidding me. There people there already unless they put a building for living and no one is going (highly doubt that though). You know, if you build it, they will come....

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Does this also mean the (G) won't be extended to Church Ave this year? The newspaper article explicitly says that the (G) won't get more trains (which I understand means there won't be better train frequency on the yet-existing route), but it doesn't talk about the Church Ave extension.

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Well the MTA could sell some if not all of those R160s. And bring back the GOH and overhaul the R32-R42 fleets and you could save some money there. Being that the R160s cost like one million per car.....

 

Or cut back on maintence at 180/239/westchester yards and you could save monry right there...

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What else is new? Their goes everything we hoped for... Was looking forward to night ride on the (:P, and overnight (3) service. Thats the (MTA) for you.

 

From what I've heard the added (B) and (W) runs are still going to be picked as originally intended, so if this is true about cutbacks in service improvements, it shouldn't affect the ones coming up this year. It probably will mean delays in new car purchases, delays in SAS (which would have happened anyway due to rampant NIMBYism), and delays in other service initiatives that were going to be implemented in the pick AFTER this one.

 

G to Church should happen sometime in the fall, and the South Ferry terminal should be finished around December AFAIK.

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From what I've heard the added (:P and (W) runs are still going to be picked as originally intended, so if this is true about cutbacks in service improvements, it shouldn't affect the ones coming up this year. It probably will mean delays in new car purchases, delays in SAS (which would have happened anyway due to rampant NIMBYism), and delays in other service initiatives that were going to be implemented in the pick AFTER this one.

 

G to Church should happen sometime in the fall, and the South Ferry terminal should be finished around December AFAIK.

 

You forgot about the extended (M)ikey service to Chambers Street until 2200 hrs..

 

Once they started picking they can "postpone" the pick going into effect though they cant stop it..

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Well the MTA could sell some if not all of those R160s. And bring back the GOH and overhaul the R32-R42 fleets and you could save some money there. Being that the R160s cost like one million per car.....

 

Or cut back on maintence at 180/239/westchester yards and you could save monry right there...

 

The only reason the (MTA) followed with the GOH during the late '80's was because the trians were failing when they were only over 20 years old. Overhauling them now would cost more than buying a new car since you first have to take out the asbestos in the car, which can add up to over tens of thousands of dollars, and THEN rebuilding the car. Not to mention finding a rebuilder and getting them to rebuild the car will cost money as well.

 

And how is cutting back maintenance an improvement...?

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