In two weeks, the MTA is going to issue a revised financial outlook for 2009, and everyone is expecting a call for a fairly substantial fare increase. At the same time, the MTA is clearly planning on cutting services, as Pete Donohue reported today. It’s important to note that these services do not include train service.
Rather, the MTA will first look to eliminate staff workers who provide cleaning and maintenance services. “I would define it as anything that impacts the service that we provide to the public,” Sander said to the Daily News. “So, I would would view a reduction in cleaners and station agents as something the public would experience.” Cuts are never good news, but at least the MTA is doing all it can to make sure the trains run with the same frequency as they do now despite trying economic times.