MTA needs nearly $4 billion more or there will be layoffs, service cuts, and fare hikes

The agency says it has already received nearly $4 billion from the CARES Act.

News 12 Staff

Jun 25, 2020, 10:10 AM

Updated 1,430 days ago

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The MTA is warning the financial crisis and a decrease in ridership could lead to layoffs, service cuts, and even fare hikes.
On Wednesday, the agency said it received nearly $4 billion from the CARES Act, but says it needs more to stay afloat.
It says total losses this year due to the pandemic are about 40% of its 2020 budget. It’s now asking the federal government for an additional $3.9 billion. "Our COVID response efforts, while critical, also come at a high cost. The damage to our finances is enormous. The deficits we face in 2020 and 2021 are without precedent in the history of the MTA," says MTA CEO Patrick Foye.
Foye says the MTA is going to see the effects of the pandemic for years to come.
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