NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – With a $40 million surplus developing, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s interim executive director Tom Prendergast has asked the agency’s chiefs to examine recent service cuts.
But Prendergast has made it clear that the fare hikes due to take effect in 2015 are not being pulled from the table.
“If you have revenue that you can put additional service out, you could also use that revenue to hold down the fare. The financial plan is where we are today, which calls for another fare increase,” Prendergast told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane. “It’s important as we get additional revenue we look at that and present it to the board from a standpoint of where we have dollars to spend, how best to spend those dollars.”
Transit advocate Gene Russianoff with the Straphangers Campaign said the MTA seems to be in a better position to at least reduce crowding.