Effective May 31, the NYC MTA will be increasing per-ride fares to $2.50 from $2.00 and making tons of service cuts both on their subway and bus services.
Honestly, I'm mostly for it. While the price hikes may be somewhat devastating for many commuters around here (Unlimited 30-day MetroCards will be $106 from $81), seeing the wonderful work that the MTA has been doing with the subway over the years (the 1 to R line transfer at South Ferry, the R160 rollouts on the N, Q and now E lines, as well as unfinished projects, such as the Fulton Street Transportation Center and T service on 2nd Avenue, coming 2015) relieves my feelings somewhat. They have been having trouble getting capital funding for lots of stuff, so this and other savings cutbacks are the only way I can see them going through with their 10-year plan.
The bus terminations make a lot of sense, since the lines that are being cut mirror subway lines that are faster and more reliable. In my case, it just means that I have to walk the three blocks to the subway instead of going down the street to catch a (usually) slower bus. I can understand how this might negatively affect some people who relied on the bus pretty heavily (the elderly and disabled, for instance). Additionally, the subway service cuts also make sense, since the stations that are losing late-night service hardly get any passengers then anyway. Nobody goes to Rector Street or City Hall at night, at least from my times being down there at 2AM and later.
Lots of savings could have been realized from cutting salaries, since transportation workers get paid a lot for what they do. However, the gist that I'm getting is that working a bus or subway train is a LOT of work, so those salaries are probably justifiable. Plus, I don't want to see another strike happening any time soon.
What do you foosters think about this? I know that this may not be national news (though it was on the front page of the Times and still is), but I wanted to hear what others had to think.