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2010: An MTA year to forget

All told, this was a year most New York City subway and bus riders would rather forget.

All told, this was a year most New York City subway and bus riders would rather forget: A $900 million deficit forced the MTA to implement unprecedented service cuts in June.

The cause? The recession cost the MTA much-needed tax revenue and it lost dedicated transit funds from the state — forcing the authority to axe 36 bus routes and kill the W and the V subway lines.

Also, the MTA made good on its commitment to raise fares this year.

In just a few days, on Dec. 30, subway and bus fares will increase across the board. A weekly MetroCard will rise to $27 and a monthly will spike to $104.

“There’s no way around it: 2010 was an awful year for subway and bus riders,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the New York Straphangers Campaign, a riders’ advocacy group.

Gene Russianoff’s MTA best and worst list

The bad:

» The Dec. 30 fare hike: Since the monthly MetroCard was introduced a dozen years ago in 1998, it’s increased 65 percent, from $63 to $104, said Russianoff.
» The worst service cuts in memory in June: Millions of riders now face more crowding and greater waits.

The good:

» Unlimited-ride MetroCards kept unlimited: The MTA also angered the public with the suggestion they cap the number of trips on a monthly MetroCard at 93 per month.
» Faster Select Bus Service comes to First and Second avenues.


 
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