From 15 minutes to one hour
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that the volume of services could be reduced to 40% and the authorities have repeatedly called on the government to help with finances, as the Kovid-19 pandemic has deprived the agency of most of its income. However, the Senate has not responded to these requests since April.
A study by the Riders Alliance shows that without the $12 billion requested from the federal government to support the MTA, the average journey to work on New York City public transport will be much longer than it is now. At the moment, this figure is 51 minutes.
"Reducing transit services will take hours of precious time from millions of New Yorkers every week", said the Executive Director of Riders Alliance.
MTA has nothing against the predictions outlined in the Riders Alliance study.
The Chairman of the MTA said: "This report highlights what we have been talking about all along and access to public transport is an important issue for the city's residents.
Pat Foye also said: "Waiting time on the underground can increase by eight minutes and for buses up to 15 minutes. However, Pat added that a one-dollar increase in the cost of travel, along with all service cuts, could be adopted in the near future".
Moreover, the budget deficit of 16 billion dollars by 2024 was projected by MTA.