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December 18, 2018The Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup Report released today provides a sober look at the fiscal and managerial challenges facing the MTA.
December 13, 2018This paper was prepared by HR&A Advisors as a background paper for the December 2018 CBC Conference on most important fiscal and economic issues facing New York State. The paper provides recommendations for how NYS should prioritize, fund, and deliver key infrastructure investments.
August 13, 2018The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released its 2019 Preliminary Budget and four-year financial plan last month. Here are three important takeaways.
July 18, 2018Decisions to redirect capital dollars to other priorities and stretch inspection and maintenance cycles contributed to the decline in subway reliability, and challenges lay ahead for plans to purchase 3,600 new subway cars and retrofit 1,200 existing cars.
Letter Capital Spending
July 05, 2018With the Capital Commitment Plan now topping $82 billion, it is more important than ever to find ways to reduce costs and speed up project delivery.
Op Ed Transportation
May 30, 2018The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a crucial agency, but it is badly governed and in need of reform.
May 23, 2018Fast Forward, a plan to modernize New York City Transit presented by President Andy Byford today, is a serious and praiseworthy plan to improve the region's mass transit network.
Video City Budget
April 19, 2018The City Council has presented a budget that includes reduced priced Metrocards for low-income New Yorkers and other ideas. Brian discusses this with Citizens Budget Commission president, Carol Kellerman and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.
April 18, 2018The Long Island Rail Road is much more inefficient than Metro-North. Here's why.
Op Ed City Budget
April 16, 2018The Fair Fares proposal can be accommodated within the city budget by exercising greater restraint in hiring and more aggressively tackling inefficiencies in its operations.
Op Ed Transportation
March 22, 2018While value capture makes sense in theory, any such arrangement should be tailored to specific projects and circumstances - with the agreement of the City.
Video Capital Spending
March 06, 2018Recently appointed the Executive Director of PANYNJ, Rick Cotton joins CBC to share the Port's priorities in the coming years.
February 02, 2018The FY 2019 Executive Budget proposed to allow the MTA to create tax increment financing districts in NYC to raise revenue for capital improvements. Though TIFs can play a useful role, the proposal is flawed.
December 12, 2012School districts in New York spent $1,100 per pupil on average on transportation in 2010, more than any other state and 140 percent above the U.S. average of $459.
November 25, 2012The blog describes the different ways of calculating MTA fare ratios and of comparing the MTA ratios to those of other systems.
October 15, 2012As the MTA prepares to raise subway and bus fares once again, a fiscal watchdog group says riders should pay even more than what the agency is expected to propose.
October 09, 2012This report builds upon previous research on the issue of how to finance the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, particularly its mass transit services. It updates and revises the findings and recommendations of a 2006 report and seeks to provide guidelines for future budget decisions.
September 19, 2012Three Former Executive Directors of the Port Authority discuss what went wrong and how the Port Authority should move forward to be effective in carrying out its mission.
September 09, 2012MTA revenue lost from the payroll mobility tax could be made up in a way that is far more burdensome to suburban commuters.
May 06, 2012This brief examines the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) large-scale refunding of outstanding
debt. It focuses on a refunding that saves money and spreads debt service costs fairly over time and does not juggle the timing of debt service costs in a manner places unfair costs on riders and taxpayers in the more