Comments on: Any questions for the MTA? http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/ Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Bala http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-822 Thu, 07 May 2009 21:01:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-822 What i find amazing is that in the “3rd world” countries, these very same superior subway systems are very affordable. I have lived in 4 of them and they are not just better but also more affordable. So, why is it that ours is both terrible and unaffordable? There truly must be a correlation for affordability and good management at play here and so I would get rid of the management and bring in a fresh set of eyes. If we are to keep paying and paying and being held hostage, lets do one of:
1. nationalize it and run it down
2. take control of it by bringing in fresh set of eyes and fresh thinking
3. let apathy prevail
I am sure the board wants (3) as they are operating in a standard way. Why else would they vote to increase the fare substantially when people are losing their jobs and the economy is souring?
Cut the expenses and let a separate body decide that. Then and only then should we talk about fare increases in this economy.

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By: Richard Baum http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-818 Thu, 07 May 2009 17:24:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-818 Thanks for your questions. You’ll find our story from the interview here: http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/i dUSTRE5465DS20090507

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By: David http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-817 Thu, 07 May 2009 15:07:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-817 Comparisons to other city’s transportation systems are complicated as every cities systems have wildly different variables to contend with. I do feel a bit of shame when comparisons to third world countries are made by visitors and transplants. However, it is hard to argue the point, in terms of efficiency and general appearance. Like most New Yorkers though, I appreciate that the system runs 24 hours, and has a wide reach throughout the metro area, unlike most systems in the world. How much of the MTA’s shortfalls are due to the 24 hour nature of the system and how much of its troubles are due to labor related issues (unions, wages etc)? Are any changes in those two areas planned or considered

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By: Edwin Montero http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-816 Thu, 07 May 2009 14:42:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-816 Why is it that the employees of the MTA have a deplorable work ethic?If you are determaned to improve the quality of the service the first and formost step is to get the workforce to standard.Performance is what is needed most to get the ball rolling down there!!

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By: Jimmy Ching http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-815 Thu, 07 May 2009 14:36:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-815 What I like to know is there a list of where all the money is going and than will there be an audit to verify the money is required? Why do the public continue to accept sub- standard service and not given a clear cut explanation with actual disclosure show why the the increase is required.

Are there sub – contracting being done without checking if the cost is fair based on the work required? What about all that overtime, believe there is so much waste and no one is checking exactly how, where, what the money is being spent on. There should be an investigation and inquiry by the federal, state & city official why an increase is required! The people should all protest and ask for proof , reasons for the increase and if not justified all upper management should reduce their salaries and stop waste the people monies.

The days of constant oer charging has to stop. There should be a protest organized and boycott the services of continued waste in the city.

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By: Wing Lee http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-813 Thu, 07 May 2009 13:16:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-813 My family moved from Hong Kong to New York City four years ago. I am using MTA everyday from Staten Island to mid-town Manhattan. New York subway system is seemed to be belonging to a third world/developing country. I understand that Hong Kong Mass Transit is only 25 years old and MTA is 150 years old.

Comparing New York MTA to Hong Kong (B+), Singapore (A), Taipei(B+) and Tokyo (B), I can only give D- to MTA. In my mind, I am talking about efficiency, timing, cleaning, comfortness, employees’ manner, spacious and reliability. I do not want to compare New York MTA to Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou or Shenzhen subway systems, their recent developments in last ten years are incredible and MTA here is seemed to be 50 years behind.

Do you have any plans (renovation, upgrading, improvment…..) in next five to ten years to move MTA from D- to C, B or A ?

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By: Patrick Fitzgibbons http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-812 Thu, 07 May 2009 12:30:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-812 I’ll ask him this question. Thanks.

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By: Rick http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-811 Thu, 07 May 2009 11:22:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-811 Why has the MTA not done more to cut costs by combining the many functions which are duplicated across it’s operating companies before looking for more taxpayer help? What cuts in perks, reimbursement and benefits have MTA staff experienced as a result of the current budget shortfalls?

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By: Jordan http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-809 Thu, 07 May 2009 06:03:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-809 How will the MTA remain true to its mission of becoming the “premier transportation police department in the nation” while raising the fare and decreasing service simultaneously? (got the quoted text from http://www.mta.info/mta/police/vision.ht ml which shows the MTA’s Mission Statement)

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By: Denys Dratsky http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/2009/05/06/any-questions-for-the-mta/comment-page-1/#comment-808 Thu, 07 May 2009 03:50:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/summits/?p=2825#comment-808 How do you think the fare increases will affect New Yorkers that have no other alternative but to use public transportation daily?

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