Earlier this afternoon, I wrote a quick entry highlighting the 8 public hearings scheduled by the MTA to discuss the proposed service cuts in the budget they were obligated to pass last month. A short time ago, the MTA officially revealed what the new service cuts would be & have broken them down by agency. Here is a quick note about the changes & public hearings from their website:
In December, the MTA was forced to set out a series of service reductions to close a nearly $400 million budget shortfall due to State cuts and loss of revenue. Over the past month, MTA Chairman Jay Walder has reviewed these changes to find ways to limit their impact on customers. An unprecedented level of detail is now available here on how the changes were chosen and the impacts they will have, well in advance of public hearings to be held around the region in early March.
Below you will find detailed information about each agency’s proposed service changes, as well as hearing dates and locations for each of the eight public hearings.
New York City Transit, MTA Bus and LI Bus information is presented as reports containing an introduction, including summary tables for the proposed changes followed by a more detailed description of each change. Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad information is in the form of memoranda from the railroad presidents to their Board Committees containing the details of the proposed changes for both railroads. It is important to note in the railroad memoranda that a number of reductions are not subject to public hearing but are presented as information with implementation to proceed in 2010 on the dates indicated.
The public hearings will be officially noticed in early February, at which time online registration will be available for people interested in speaking at the hearings. Comments will also be accepted by email and regular mail.
Now here are the proposed service cuts broken down by agency in individual .pdf files:
Over the weekend, I plan on reading each .pdf thoroughly & offering my analysis in individual entries. I hope to have all of this done by Monday. In the meantime, you are welcome to share your opinions on the proposed service cuts which are a pretty much a certainty unless their budget woes are fixed.
I fully expect the same group of elected officials to “rally the public” in criticizing the MTA while faiiling to acknowledge the government’s huge role in the problem. I am a realist & will tell you know that these service cuts are almost as a sure thing as death & taxes.
xoxo Transit Blogger