What Should the MTA Do With $30 Million From Albany?


We all know the MTA’s wallets are running thin, even amid record-high ridership. The recent fare hike and the fact that major project proposals are tripping over price tags are more than enough indication that the authority is handling the city’s transportation on a slim budget.

So the news of a major cash injection from Governor Cuomo couldn’t come sooner.

Yesterday, the Albany chieftain announced that the MTA would be getting $40 million more than it requested in state funds. In total, this fiscal year is witnessing an increase in transit aid across the state by about $360 million; most of which has come from the toll hike that has taken effect.

With that money, the MTA is proposing to set up a fund to better serve customers with all this new cash. The coming changes will not be released until July, when the agency releases its official budget. But, until then, we can speculate just what exactly the MTA should be working on to make sure the lives of New Yorkers are a bit less frantic.

A better G train. Now that the line is finally getting its full review, use that money to make sure the G comes in the next millenium.

Get rid of those silly barred-all-around turnstiles. You know which ones I’m talking about; the ones you have to swing around to get through. The ones you can get caught in if you’re not lucky. The ones where someone in front of you always talks too long to swipe as you watch the next train leave the platform. Yeah, those damn things.

Settle on a proposal to avoid more subway deaths. We don’t care if it’s platform doors, laser alarms, or slowed down arrival speeds. Just think of something and follow through with it; we cannot let this problem go on anymore.

Turn turnstiles into EZ-Pass-style gateways. Because how cool (and wildly more efficient) would that be?

Roll back the fare hike. Might as well, right?

Build bathrooms in subway stations. Still unsure why these do not exist for the most part. But we’ve all asked ourselves that question before.

Finish the Second Avenue Subway. Just kidding.

If you have any other more suggestions for the MTA, throw them in the comments section. And nobody better say “less people.”