MTA to backtrack on improvements?

June 18, 2008 4:14:47 PM PDT
The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that the cash-strapped MTA likely will not launch the service improvement packaged promised last year.The plans, which included more frequent bus, subway and commuter train service, were supposed to be launched this summer. But now, the newspaper reports, the MTA simply can't afford it.

"A final decision won't be made on the enhancements until we report June revenue numbers next week," MTA spokeman Jeremy Soffin told the Daily News. "But revenues would have to turn around significantly, as we are already $80 million behind in real estate taxes alone."

An estimated $30 million was to be spent on the improvements this year, with an additional $60 million in 2009.

More fare and toll hikes have been proposed for next year.