Just In: MTA Approves ‘Doomsday’ Service Cuts


mta-trainNew York City’s transit agency board has voted to approve a series of cuts that will eliminate one subway line and dozens of bus routes.  The service reductions will save $93 million a year. It’s part of an effort to dig out of a more than $400 million budget shortfall.

MTA chairman Jay Walder says the cuts were tough — but they had to be done. The vote came after members of the public spoke out against the cuts.

The board is also looking at eliminating discounted fares for students, but that proposal wasn’t considered today.

The subway line is the “W,” which runs in Queens and Manhattan.

The MTA put out a 117 page booklet detailing the revised services and also explaining why the cash-strapped agency needs to make the reductions.

Before the $93 million worth of service cuts were voted on, the MTA board listened to 23 speakers, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn among them.

“The bottom line is that this is truly a sad and disappointing day for the straphangers of New York City,” she said.

Speakers complained that the service cuts would mean longer waits and more crowding on subways and buses, without really putting much of a dent in the $750 million budget gap.

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