MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said issues between the agency and labor unions could result in an almost 12 percent fare hike next year, three times more than planned.
“The year was – and for years to come will likely be – dominated by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy,” the group’s Gene Russianoff said in a statement.
Due to cost-saving measures, the 2015 and 2017 fare and toll increases will amount to a 4 percent hike, instead of the original 7.5 percent.
This was third annual “State Of The Platforms” report but the first time the Straphangers Campaign conducted a census of all 862 platforms in the subway system.
Under the plan, much of the 109-year-old subway system would get an upgraded signal system similar to what’s already is use on the L and 7 lines.
The Straphangers Campaign found the announcements of delays were correct, clear and ungarbled 52 percent of the time.
It is only a projection, but an advocacy group warned Tuesday that if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority goes on raising fares as it has the past two times, a single subway or bus ride could cost $3.75 in 10 years.
The closure will affect the R train, which carries tens of thousands of riders between Manhattan and southern Brooklyn. The work will likely begin in August and is expected to last 12 to 14 months.
The auditors failed to find records of recent inspection for critical parts of the system, including defects like a rusted girder at the 111th Street station, the report said.
The study was based on MTA electronic alerts of so-called controllable delays — problems related to signals, switches and track.
MTA interim executive director Tom Prendergast has made it clear that the fare hikes due to take effect in 2015 are not being pulled from the table.
Thomas F. Prendergast was the MTA’s president of New York City Transit, which runs the bus and subway systems. He’s been the interim executive director of the MTA since Jan. 1.
The old loop station will be in operation in time for the morning commute, while the newer terminal continues to undergo extensive repairs.
The Straphangers Campaign said it spotted fewer broken lights, exposed wires, cracked floors and overflowing garbage bags last year.
The storm topped the 2012 “best” list because transit rebounded so quickly that New Yorkers considered it a “near miracle,” the advocacy group said.