Posted by on September 9, 2021 4:01 pm
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Failure Begets Failure in New York’s Government Subways

Commentary Private trains can’t make money and provide good service. Only the government can run trains. Give it more dollars. That’s been the transportation bible of New York’s political/media elites going back to the early 20th century goo-goos. They opposed any private subway component. Their descendants consistently funded pricey city and state transit agencies. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a state agency running the region’s subways, buses, and trains. The trains are a mess, state and city officials agree. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s 2018 report, “Financial Outlook for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority 8-2019,” (pdf) found New York’s state-run transit has “deteriorating service.” The MTA, DiNapoli wrote, “is facing its greatest challenge in decades. … Riders are abandoning the system for other transportation alternatives.” So the state will provide more of the same. It recently approved the biggest capital plan in the agency’s history. Some $54.8 billion is …

Originally appeared on The Epoch Times

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