The December’s blizzard that struck the city and left much of the subway system paralyzed cost the MTA a pretty penny in lost revenue and unplanned overtime expenses. According to MTA officials, the storm cost $30 million overall. As amNew York’s Theresa Juva details, the authority estimated $16 million in lost fare revenue and $14 million in overtime. As The Post noted, the authority lost “nearly the same total amount in rider revenue for all of last winter” — during storms worse than December’s — “spent much less in overtime.”
As the papers note, in February of 2010, during two different storm, the MTA lost $17 million in fares and spent $8.3 million in overtime. The late February storm saw over 20 inches of snow fall on the city while December witnessed 19 inches blanket New York. These revelations have, of course, led to some more hand-wringing over the MTA’s snow response. Two board members told The Post that costs were so high due to the MTA’s delayed response over Christmas weekend.
James Vacca, chair of the City Council’s Transportation Committee had more choice words for the authority as well. “If they had acted sooner with more intensity of response, their overtime would have been less and more people would have been able to get on and use mass transit,” he said yesterday.