More subway delays? That could be the future for New Yorkers if lawmakers don’t agree on how to pay for improvements to the city’s aging mass transit system.
The Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have given out their 2014 Pokey and Schleppie awards.
Nobody likes a fare hike when it comes to public transportation, but a straphangers’ advocate said Saturday that a hike may be fair and necessary for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it’s “studying the possibility of installing surveillance cameras in future subway car models.”
The number of alerts issued about MTA subway delays has jumped 35 percent in the past two years, according to a report released Tuesday by a watchdog group.
A new survey revealed that the number of clean New York City subway cars declined between 2011 and 2013.
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.