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MTA May Cut Subway, Bus Service Amid Budget Crisis

August 16, 2019 - 6:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA on Friday warned a budget crunch could lead to service reductions beginning in the fall.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” noted MTA chairman Pat Foye.

At a special board meeting Friday, Foye announced that cuts in the subways and bus service will be proposed to the board next month.

“We're talking about guidelines service reductions. I'm not going to speculate, obviously we're going to everything we can to minimize the impact on subways and bus customers. I don't have details to share,” he told reporters.

The news comes as the MTA continues to deal with a budget crisis. Budget experts predict the agency will be in a $1 billion hole by 2022.

Lisa Daglian, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the MTA, pointed out there’s been 11 consecutive months of improvements, but service cuts are always a cause to worry.

“Anytime I hear the word service and reduction in the same sentence, it makes my ears perk up. I think every rider should be concerned. Whether it's called a guideline service reduction or service cut, it means the same thing, few transit buses,” she said.

Last month, the MTA announced it will be cutting up to 2,700 jobs in order to save the financially burdened agency as much as $500 million annually.