Clearly, 2020 was a year like no other and the MTA’s fiscal resources have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ridership continues to be depressed, and fare box revenue is directly affected. Even with the promise of expanded vaccinations, the work-from-home dynamic and an overarching fear of contracting the virus continue to change ridership patterns.
We appreciate the ongoing and outstanding efforts of Governor Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Schumer – and all of you – to ensure that stimulus money came to the MTA, helping stave off fare hikes, service cuts and layoffs, and pledge to continuing to work with you to get what the MTA and state and municipalities are due. We look forward to restarting the economy and getting on with life. Live entertainment, indoor dining and the increase in tourism they bring will all help our recovery and a clean and safe transit system, with 24/7 service, is an integral part of what will help us get there.
Read Full Testimony Here: Joint Legislative Public Budget Hearing on Transportation 1.26.2021