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Links roundup—MTA edition

December 22, 2011

The payroll tax

  • Mayor Bloomberg criticizes the state’s willingness to undermine the MTA’s financing. [Capital NY]
  • “Moody’s Investors Service isn’t quite buying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s assurances that the state budget will compensate the New York MTA for a loss of revenue caused by a cut to the MTA tax.” [Transportation Nation]
  • On the other hand, Karl Brabenec, the Deerpark Town Supervisor, sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders urging for a full repeal of the payroll tax. [Capital Tonight]

The budget

  • The MTA approved a $12.6 billion budget for 2012. [MTA Press Release] [NYT]
  • Oh my: an actual debate broke out over the budget during the MTA’s board meeting. [Transportation Nation]
  • Despite an increased deficit, there are no service cuts in 2012 budget. [2nd Ave. Sagas]
  • But the MTA board voted down plans to reinstate previously slashed services. [AMNY]

Other MTA news

  • “If the NY MTA is on a ten-mile march toward cashless tolling on its nine bridges and crossings, it has, roughly speaking, just passed the two mile mark and is going strong.“ [Transportation Nation]
  • Real time train arrival info is coming to the LIRR. [Transportation Nation]
  • NYU students created “MetroChange” to deal with your leftover MetroCard money. [Gothamist] [MetroChange Blog]
  • The MTA’s office supply costs fell 17.5% through a new procurement process. [MTA Press Release]
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