Survey Finds MTA Commute Has Worsened For Straphangers Since 2009

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new survey of bus and subway riders found that 61 percent have noticed their trips have deteriorated over the past few years.

More than 600 people texted their responses over the last week to Transportation Alternatives on whether their MTA commutes have improved, worsened or remained the same since the agency made major cuts since 2009.

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Ya-Ting Liu said the survey should act as a catalyst for change.

“Transit is the life blood of New York City and this has to be a priority, it is a priority for 8.5 million New Yorkers and it should be a priority for elected officials as well,” Liu said. “If New Yorkers and transit riders demand that our elected officials make transit investment a priority, I think you will see very different results in Albany.”

Liu said the results of the commuter poll are not surprising since state elected officials have diverted more than $260 million from dedicated transit funding since 2009.

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“The livelihood of every New Yorker and economic state of this region really depends on a well-funded public transit system and even though transit riders are sort of set up with paying more for less, now is the time to hold our elected officials accountable for these deteriorating commute conditions,” Liu said.

Only 13 percent of those polled said their commute has improved.

Have you noticed a different? Is your commute better, worse or the same? Let us know below…

  • Obamadinijad Hussein

    A Russian, a Cuban, an Englishman and a Pakistani are on a train.

    The Russian takes out a bottle of his best vodka, drinks a bit and throws the rest off the train and says, “There’s plenty more of that where I come from.”

    Everyone is impressed. The Cuban takes out one of the finest Havana cigars, takes one puff and throws it off the train and says, “There’s plenty more of those where I come from.”

    Again everyone is rather impressed. So the Englishman stands up and throws the Pakistani off the train.

  • The Realist

    It’s ILLEGAL for the MTA to operate good service because that would put all the professional complainers out of business.

  • Noper

    The transit system in London put NYC Transit to shame. In London the buses and trains arrive on time. The services over there runs very frequently.

    • Larry Schwarz

      Not just London,but Paris,Frankfurt,Mexico City (which I mention),Sydney,Toronto and Montreal.In this country Washington,Atlanta,and San Francisco.Noper,you are correct.NYC is at the bottom.Oh,I forgot to mention Tokyo.

  • Larry Schwarz

    It seems to me The Entire New York Transit System is starting to resemble that of a Third world Country,and Mexico City has a Metro that puts ours to shame (a lot newer I concede).Many Subway stations are just not user friendly.The Turnstile is an antique,get rid of it and replace it with a gate that opens once you dunk your metrocard,dunk,not swipe,get rid of that.Ever try going through a turnstile with luggage,The Subway connects to The JFK airtrain for a reason.Perhaps NY officials should look at San Franciscos system.

  • Marine Park

    Are the TWU instituting a slowdown now since their contract expired? Sure seems like it.

  • Robert Moses

    This would NOT be an issue at all if ALL public transportation were banned. And it NEEDS to be because REAL Americans drive everywhere.

    • Zane Grey

      Agreed. We need to perpetuate the American frontier mentality, i.e., freedom.

  • Paula AbelJohnson

    Since the first of the year I’ve noticed that all downtown 100 and 101buses run every half hor as opsed to all of that same number going uptpown. And there are a lot of commuters leaving at 6:00AM going down town. When did the MTA change the run times?

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