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Fare evaders partially to blame for budget crisis, MTA chief says

Posted at 2:44 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 20:09:24-05

NEW YORK — The City Council is set to hammer the MTA on how to address costs without impacting commuters.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority tells the New York Times it expects to lose $215 million this year from fare evaders, of which here are about 208,000 every day.

As a result, the MTA says several things will be cut: subway cars will be cleaned once, instead of twice per trip; there will be no new Select Bus Service routes until 2021; NYPD overtime will be eliminated; there will be cuts to administration and hiring and there will be fewer track inspections.

On Tuesday, MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford testified for three hours before NYC Council's Transportation Committee. He addressed long-term funding for the modernization plan and a fair enforcement of the fare evasion policy.