Cutting Subway Services “Definitely on the Table” in the MTA’s Financial Crisis, NYC Transit President Says

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NEW YORK CITY – As the MTA begins phase 4 reopening on Monday with the rest of the city, New York City Transit president Sarah Feinberg has warned that the agency is still facing a financial crisis that may have a major impact on passengers.Feinberg, speaking on the PIX11 Morning News, said the MTA needs the federal government to step up and provide more funding.

“It is absolutely true that we are in dire financial straits,” Feinberg said, adding that the transport company was also compiling a list of internal cuts.

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which partially gave the MTA $ 4 billion to keep operating, while driving down runners and revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MTA has now called for a second stimulus package from Congress and President Donald Trump. Without an additional $ 3.9 billion, MTA chairman Pat Foye said the agency would not survive.

Last week, the public defense group Riders Alliance presented an “apocalyptic” service report with entire metro lines potentially on the block.

When asked if cuts to metro service were possible, Feinberg replied that they were “certainly on the table because everything had to be on the table.” However, she added that it would be a last resort.

“When you cut the service, you don’t get a ton of savings, but you do have an impact on people’s lives,” she says. “This should be the last thing we look at. We have to make sure we do everything else before that.

Meanwhile, metro drivers can expect to see hundreds of MTA volunteers distributing masks at stations and trains on Monday as the city enters Phase 4 and more New Yorkers return to work.

Hand sanitizer stations are set up throughout the metro, and station cabin workers provide free masks to anyone who needs them.

Face masks are mandatory in metro stations, on trains and on buses.

Night metro service is still on hold and will remain on hold until health experts say the coronavirus pandemic is over, Feinberg added.

“I will not be the one to make this call,” she said. “For now, we continue to do the cleaning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Feinberg also said the agency is sensitive to developments in science regarding the virus, particularly when it comes to lifespan in air.

In addition to regular disinfection during the day and deep cleanings at night, the MTA now uses state-of-the-art air filters to ensure that air is circulating all the time, Feinberg said.

This story includes reporting from Greg Mocker and Corey Crockett of PIX11.



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