Achieving system accessibility, will require dedicated funds for the Fast Forward Plan. One way of reliably directing funding to a specified purpose is through voter-approved State bonds. A State bond has the advantage of not increasing pressure on the MTA’s future finances. Voters need to have a well-developed understanding of what is at stake this fall and to support those candidates willing to support secure dedicated transit funding and State-backed transit bonds.
Since the mid-2000s, the MTA has been working to eliminate excess spending, through a series of initiatives aimed at reducing staff. However, in pursuit of financial rationality, the MTA has lost sight of the harm that incessant cuts can have on its ability to execute its mission.