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2014 - 2017 MTA Financial Plan

The MTA is releasing its proposed 2014-2017 Financial Plan this week.  This Plan continues the MTA’s commitment to implementing significant annually recurring cost reductions, totaling $1.3 billion each year by 2017.  The Plan increases MTA’s emphasis on addressing long-term costs – like pension, debt service and Paratransit – that were previously considered “uncontrollable.”  The Plan also reflects MTA’s commitment to add or restore service wherever sustainable. 

The Financial Plan that will be presented to the MTA Board on Wednesday proposes $18 million in additional service investments that will improve both the frequency and quality of MTA service.  In addition, the Financial Plan includes $11.5 million in service adjustments that are primarily driven by service guidelines and $11 million in other customer service initiatives.  The MTA Board will vote on the Financial Plan at its December meeting.

New York City Transit has proposed the following service investments in the July Financial Plan:

  • Increase G service to eight minute headways 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Add S93 service middays and evenings until 10 p.m.
  • Extend M service to the Delancey Street-Essex Street station from the Myrtle Avenue station on weekends
  • Add Q77 service on Sundays
  • Extend the Bx24 to Hutchinson Metro Center from Westchester Square
  • Restore service (B37) along 3rd Avenue between Bay Ridge and Atlantic Avenue- Barclays Ctr. station 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Restore the B70 to 7th Avenue
  • Restore B8 service to Bay Ridge-95th St. R station at all times
  • Implement a to-be-determined Select Bus Service route
  • Restore Q31 service on weekends
  • Staten Island – Eltingville area super express bus restructuring
  • Restore M8 service on weekends
  • Reroute M100 in Inwood from Broadway across Dyckman Street to 10th Av and 215th St

In an effort to evaluate the adequacy of existing bus service in Co-op City, NYC Transit and MTA Bus will also be launching a joint bus study.  In this study, which is expected to take five months, New York City Transit and MTA Bus will undertake a comprehensive review of existing bus operations and ridership in the vicinity of Co-op City to assess the reliability of existing service and where there may be opportunities for improved connectivity.

The July Financial Plan also includes the following New York City Transit service quality improvements as part of New York City Transit’s service investment package:

  • Improved track cleaning (hiring of two additional crews)
  • Additional improved station cleaning at 10 heavily used stations/complexes in each borough
  • Improved A division (numbered lines) service management at the Rail Control Center
  • Modification of fare control areas in high priority areas and installation of remote gate control at 54 stations that have a staffed booth on one side only and no crossover capability for passengers
  • Installation of cameras at 10 key fare control areas to assist the NYPD in arresting MetroCard Vending Machine (MVM) vandals and swipe sellers.

These changes would go into effect next year.

Long Island Rail Road has proposed the following service investments in the July Financial Plan:

  • Extend half-hourly weekend service westbound and eastbound to the Ronkonkoma Station
  • Restore half-hourly weekend service on the Port Washington Branch
  • Add a new Ronkonkoma train to Farmingdale (4:09 PM from Penn Station) and a reverse train to Penn Station (7 PM from Farmingdale) on weekdays
  • Restore the 4:37 PM weekday express train from Penn Station to Wantagh
  • Restore the 4:57 PM weekday train from Penn Station to Freeport
  • Add a new weekday train to Hicksville (8:22 PM from Penn Station)
  • Extend summer season weekend service between Ronkonkoma and Greenport by 10 weeks so that it runs from April to November.

Most of these changes will go into effect in the fall of 2013.  The Wantagh and Freeport train service restorations would go into effect in March 2014.

Metro-North Railroad has proposed a service quality improvement in its July Financial Plan submission — the expansion of real-time train status information at all New York State stations via LCD monitors that use cellular connectivity.  These monitors display the departure time, real-time train status, track information, and station stops for the next nine trains.  The first three stations would be completed in 2013, with an average of ten stations to be completed each year thereafter until the installation project is concluded in 2020. 

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