NY lays off 194 subway workers
From New York comes a reminder that the revenue problems facing Washington's public transportation systems aren't unique. The New York area Metropolitan Transit Authority faces an $800 million deficit, and Friday 194 New York City subway workers lost their jobs.
A judge had prevented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from closing more than 40 subway booths and firing the workers in June. She said the transit agency needed to hold a new round of public hearings first.
The meetings took place in July. The MTA says it has cut nearly 3,500 jobs this year.
The American Public Transportation Association said in March that 84 percent of transit systems had made service cuts or raised fares, or were considering those options. In April thousands of workers rallied on Capitol Hill to seek more federal funding for transportation systems.
In June Metro implemented the first phase of the most expansive fare increase in its history, with additional increases coming last week. Metro's budget for the current fiscal year includes $16 million in reductions to administrative staff.
Metro has avoided implementing service reductions, saying members of the public expressed a preference for fare increases over service reductions in public hearings held on the budget problems.
-- Associated Press and staff reports
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