Earlier today the New York Post had a brief report about the MTA still being on track to spend almost $1 billion dollars on 382 new subway cars. The report which was written by Tom Hamako features a headline that questions why the MTA would go through with a purchase consider its $1+ billion dollar budget deficit:
The MTA promises to keep rolling out new subway cars, despite its $1.3 billion budget gap.
The cars, to run on the letter lines, are similar to those already on the L, with electronic signs that update the route as the train passes each stop.
The agency yesterday said it would go though with its nearly $1 billion purchase of 382 cars.
Click here for the complete report.
To the common rider, the headline makes sense & really has you scratching your head on the MTA’s decision. However if a reporter is going to use a headline to question the MTA, shouldn’t they get their facts straight? The answer is a resounding yes! The purchase of these cars has nothing to do with the budget deficit of over $1 billion dollars which is related to the “Operations Budget”. The cost of these cars comes from the “Capital Budget”. I think it is completely irresponsible to write such a piece & not know the differences between the two budgets.
xoxo Transit Blogger