Today’s Headlines

  • Car Hits, Kills Elderly Queens Man as He Crosses the Street (Post)
  • Today Is Primary Day in New York City (City Room)
  • Silver Pulling Out All the Stops to Fend Off Paul Newell (Politicker, Post)
  • MTA Brings Back Double-Decker Bus For a Test Run (NYT, Post, NY1, Urbanite)
  • DOT Reopens DUMBO’s Manhattan Bridge Archway as Public Plaza (Metro, Gothamist)
  • Reliable Q Train Luring People Deeper Into Brooklyn (TRE)
  • Last Chance for Annual Father-Son Stickball Game in East Harlem? (City Room)
  • MTR Steps Up Campaign to Support Second Jersey-NYC Rail Tunnel
  • Chicago Transit Authority Facing Higher Ridership and Budget Shortfalls (Trib)
  • Larry Littlefield

    I recommend the CTA article to anyone. The State of Illinois almost sounds like the New York State Legislature. They cut subsidies to the CTA, while generously mandating that senior citizens — regardless of income level — be allowed to ride for free.

    Just as retirement income in New York is exempt from state and local income taxes no matter how high it is.

    So now fares will be raised on younger working people, no matter how poor they are, to make up the difference.

    “Many senior citizens opposed Blagojevich’s blanket free-rides policy when it was announced last winter, saying it should’ve been tied to income levels. They predicted it would lead to new financial troubles for the CTA.”

    Yes, there are some people in older generations that actually care about younger generations and the future. They have been outvoted for 30 years.

    “But the number of people taking advantage of the free-rides offer is expected to continue increasing as more people apply for an RTA free-rides card that passengers must present when boarding buses or trains. The governor vetoed more than $16 million in reduced-fare subsidies this year for the CTA in order to reduce the state budget deficit. The funding, which existed before the free-rides program, was intended to partially reimburse the transit agency for revenue lost through reduced fares for senior citizens and disabled riders.”

    The CTA also has a pension disaster, due to costs from the past deferred to the future as well. It’s as if they compare notes on how to entire their supporters and interest groups and destroy the future at national state governor and legislature conventions.

  • Larry, your comment on the CTA and pensions is especially salient as last year, all of this could have been fixed up just fine. Unfortunately, the State of IL, in all its wisdom, declined to pass the legislation in time. Chicago – and soon the state – will suffer immensely in the coming years.

  • Larry Littlefield

    It won’t be easy to fix billions of dollars in past obligations. They have agreed to float bonds to cover the unfunded pension and retiree health care obligations. That just exchanges one for of future debt for past deals for another. Deal beneficiaries win, future generations lose.