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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City ferry system inspires a particular derision among a certain set of the city’s transit devotees. But who could hate transit that offers open air, a river breeze, skyline views and serves beer?

The issue, even transit advocates say, is that the city has sunk a huge pot of money into the ferries, which carry a tiny number of people when compared to the subways and buses. Newly-released data confirms ferry riders tend to be white and upper middle class.
As our Dana Rubinstein reports today, New York operates the second most heavily subsidized urban ferry system of its size in the country, trailing only New Orleans. The subsidy adds up to a hefty $9.34 for each ride.

Still, the city throws wads of cash at a lot of things, so what’s the beef with the ferries, which at least offer New Yorkers and tourists a new amenity? As with so many things, part of the problem may lie with de Blasio’s rhetoric. The mayor framed the new ferry system as part of the solution to the larger transit crisis, even though it carries too few people to make a dent. He called it a way to tackle historic “inequities,” even though the evidence suggests its riders are not disadvantaged.

While the mayor does not control the MTA (periodic reminder: Gov. Andrew Cuomo does), advocates would like to see him lavish as much attention and, more importantly, money on changes to city streets that would improve bus service, which is used by exponentially more riders.

If you accept the premise that the ferries are a problem, what’s the solution? Some would like to see the city keep the boats going, but charge more than $2.75 and free up money for other transit needs. Still, de Blasio is boxed in by his pledge to make the ferries affordable by pegging their cost to the subway fare. If he faces some backlash now, a move to hike the fare would surely spark a backlash of its own.

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MTA doesn’t know why subways cost so much more to build in NYC




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The MTA’s construction chief said Tuesday that the transit authority is attempting to net out why it charges extra money to form a subway in New York than assorted main cities.

“Now we would like to amass knowledge,” Janno Lieber, the president of the MTA’s Capital Constructing Division, knowledgeable dispute lawmakers at a legislative hearing on the company’s recent $51.1 billion capital conception.

“You’ve heard a range of information about how a lot it charges in assorted locations,” he said.

Lieber used to be referring to the commonly reported and obtrusive discrepancy in charges to subway miles across the globe.

The first piece of the 2nd Avenue Subway, as an instance, ticket $2.7 billion per mile. A forthcoming 1.5-mile extension will breeze $3.8 billion per mile.

In Los Angeles, officials conception to employ $1.1 billion per mile on a 2.6-mile-lengthy subway extension.

And in Paris, an upcoming subway venture to form 3.7 miles of up to the moment subway will breeze the metropolis appropriate over $1.4 billion — or roughly $400 million per mile.

Lieber defended the discrepancy by pronouncing, “It’s underneath no conditions been sure about what’s integrated in some of these charges.”

The construction chief said the MTA is reaching out to global agencies to procure a search for at to acquire a procure what their charges are constituted of.

“Does the costs that had been being given consist of soft charges? Does it consist of true property charges? Is it apples to apples?” he questioned.

Prices for the MTA’s capital initiatives, which were the repeated discipline of newspaper exposes, were good.

The 2nd Avenue Subway is perchance the most dear underground put together line in historical past with a $6 billion ticket designate.

The East Facet Glean entry to venture connecting Wide Central to the Long Island Railroad will ticket upwards of $11 billion.

It’s unclear if the MTA will formally spy the difficulty.



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MTA plans no service cuts in 2020, but transit official warns of deficit in the ‘gazillions’




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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to release its latest financial plan on Thursday, and sources who briefed on the document said it isn’t pretty.

“Good news: no service cuts,” a source told The News. “Bad news: System will be dead and gone soon.”

The source did not say exactly how much the agency’s deficit is projected to grow next year, but said it might as well be “a gazillion” dollars.

The MTA’s November 2018 financial plan projected an annual operating deficit of $510 million in 2020, and of nearly $1 billion by 2022.

A reorganization plan ordered by Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature that would trim up to 2,700 MTA jobs could save $500 million over the next three years, but it’s apparently not enough to keep the agency above water.

An email exchange between MTA chairman Pat Foye and board members on Friday obtained by The News paints a bleak picture of the agency’s finances.

Some board members on the email chain took issue with a plan to jack up the price of parking spots at some Metro-North Railroad stops — but Foye said those hikes were just the tip of the iceberg.

“This board is facing and will continue to face difficult, painful decisions which none of us will be happy about,” Foye wrote. “Sadly, avoiding difficult and painful decisions will not be possible.”

MTA spokeswoman Abbey Collins confirmed that the agency’s financial woes will not lead to “budget-driven” service cuts.

She said the MTA will consider more operational service changes like the recently-approved plan to slash service on Brooklyn’s busiest bus route — a move transit officials justified by committing to run longer articulated buses on the line.

“The MTA remains committed to putting New Yorkers first,” said Collins. “We continue to change the way we do business to deliver for taxpayers through the implementation of the historic transformation plan.”

Friday was the latest of several grim messages Foye recently has sent to MTA officials. He sent a letter to employees in October that said the agency’s “cost structure is not where it needs to be” and that it must “migrate to the right level of resources to run the MTA.”

Collins said the MTA board will be briefed on the financial plan on Tuesday — the same day that transit brass will testify at an oversight hearing with state lawmakers.


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New Schedule on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley Lines Effective November 3, 2019




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NJ Transit has advised Metro-North of a schedule adjustment effective Sunday, November 3, 2019, which will result in minor changes to connecting trains at Secaucus Junction for Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Line trains. The changes on the Port Jervis Line are the result of cab signal installation in support of Positive Train Control implementation. These minor schedule adjustments on the Port Jervis Line will provide a more reliable service for our customers.

Pascack Valley Line:

There are no changes to Pascack Valley Line trains between Spring Valley and Hoboken:
However, two southbound trains have adjustments to connecting trains at Secaucus Junction, resulting in arrivals at Penn Station New York 4-5 minutes earlier.

Port Jervis Line

Eastbound / Inbound

  • Eight eastbound trains in the morning depart Port Jervis 4 minutes earlier, Otisville 3 minutes earlier, Middletown 2-3 minutes earlier, Campbell Hall 3 minutes earlier, Salisbury Mills 2 minutes earlier, Harriman 1-2 minutes earlier, and Tuxedo and Sloatsburg 1 minute earlier in order to reflect the slightly lengthened train performance resulting from the continuing installation of cab signals on the Line.
  • There are no changes to schedules between Suffern and Hoboken.
  • Two eastbound trains in the morning and mid-day have adjustments to connecting trains at Secaucus Junction, resulting in arrivals at Penn Station New York 4-11 minutes earlier.

Westbound/ Outbound

  • Six westbound trains in the afternoon and evening arrive at Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Harriman 1 minute later, Salisbury Mills 2 minutes later, Campbell Hall, Middletown and Otisville 3 minutes later, and Port Jervis 3-4 minutes later in order to reflect the slightly lengthened train performance resulting from the continuing installation of cab signals on the Line.
  • There are no changes to schedules between Hoboken and Suffern.

The next schedule change for both West of Hudson lines is effective December 8, 2019, and will include services for Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr Day and President’s Day.



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