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March 25, 2015This report examines the MTA’s current fiscal challenges and identifies options for funding its capital investment needs for the next five years.
January 23, 2017The MTA Board should continue the policy of regular and predictable fare increases.
Op Ed Transportation
April 02, 2017If the mayor supports the policy, it should be a priority that is accommodated within the city’s financial plan.
Report Public Workforce
January 29, 2012This report examines the contract negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its largest union, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, and it applies the criteria specified by the Public Employment Relations Board for determining arbitration awards. It finds that the public interest will be served by an agreement that maintains a good standard of living for workers, is within the MTA’s ability to pay, and does not force further harm upon riders.
Op Ed Transportation
January 08, 2017Half-priced metrocards for low-income adults should be paid for by the City, not the MTA. The City already supports reduced fares for the elderly and disabled.
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.
December 14, 2017CBC calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto bill that would require the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide two free transfers between subways and buses within a two-hour period.
August 25, 2015This policy brief suggests alternatives for taxes on services regulated by New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission as a potential source of filling the gap in the MTA's proposed 2015-2019 capital plan.
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
April 23, 2014This report examines the financing arrangements for the PATH transit system operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
September 20, 2016This report identifies strategies and options the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) can pursue to improve the financial outlook and quality of Access-A-Ride, the paratransit program.
December 16, 2015This policy brief considers the implications of a recession for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) current financial plan.
April 05, 2011This report helps identify priorities for ongoing efforts to control costs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority through benchmarking by comparing unit cost measures with other large urban transit agencies in the United States. It also suggests priorities for new efficiency initiatives.
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.
January 17, 2017CBC's take on the MTA-TWU deal negotiated in January 2017.
August 08, 2017System enhancements have often been prioritized over capital improvements of the MTA's infrastructure. The sensible and ambitious turnaround plan should be funded by motorists and increased labor productivity.
March 28, 2004This report examines the financing policies for passenger transportation services in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Included are 25 entities consisting of the states of New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority, the MTA, New Jersey Transit, four additional authorities operating or financing toll roads, the City of New York, and 15 counties.
Special Feature Transportation
March 21, 2018CBC Dashboard for the MTA Financial Plan, Updated March 2018
Blog State Budget
August 09, 2017A recent analysis ranks New York’s fiscal health 39th of the 50 states.