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June 15, 2017The MTA's revised capital plan adds $2.8 billion investments, but the new money and other changes are not wholly aligned with what is needed to get the trains running on time
March 15, 2017The MTA's modified financial plan include 5 noteworthy changes which have the combined impact of slightly worsening the agency’s fiscal outlook.
Report Capital Spending
February 16, 2017Despite an increase in transparency and accountability, the updated plan remains deficient in three important ways.
Testimony Capital Spending
May 18, 2015The Mayor's Ten-Year Capital Strategy totals $83.8 billion- a $30 billion increase from the prior plan. CBC has two main concerns about the Strategy: there is insufficient information available to judge the investments, and the investments will add to the City’s high debt burden.
October 09, 2015The announcement of an agreement for funding the MTA’s 2015-2019 capital plan is an important step in maintaining and enhancing the region’s most vital transportation assets. However, additional steps must be taken.
August 21, 2017What the State should do to ensure its transportation investment is well-targeted and strategic.
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.
November 27, 2017There are unanswered questions about the MTA's 2018 budget and $1.5 billion Subway Action Plan.
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.
December 16, 2015This policy brief considers the implications of a recession for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) current financial plan.
Op Ed Transportation
December 19, 2017At next month’s State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to unveil a congestion-pricing proposal that would generate a dedicated funding stream for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
January 17, 2017CBC's take on the MTA-TWU deal negotiated in January 2017.
January 23, 2017The MTA Board should continue the policy of regular and predictable fare increases.
May 05, 2015Calls for “the City” to provide more funding should be clear about who is really being asked to foot the bill: New York City taxpayers already provide most of the MTA's revenue through the combination of local, regional, and state taxes.
August 07, 2017Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to raise the top rate on the personal income tax is not an appropriate way to raise funds.
Podcast episode Transportation
July 06, 2017This week's data point is $32.5 billion - the value of Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA's) capital plan for 2015 to 2019. Special guest MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber discusses the MTA's capital priorities and how the authority can improve management of its mega-projects.
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.
Podcast episode Transportation
July 13, 2017This week's data point is 30 days - the period in which MTA New York City Transit will conduct a "top-to-bottom" review to identify changes necessary to improve its performance. CBC's Director of Infrastructure Studies Jamison Dague discusses underinvestment and how resources are being directed in the capital plan with Ben Max and Maria Doulis.
June 26, 2017Joe Lhota returns as Chairman of the MTA. Much has occurred since Lhota last chaired the MTA, and the following charts illustrate the agency’s current plight.