MTA, in dire need of funds, hopes Biden administration will provide relief
The MTA, struggling with dwindling ridership and massive
debt, is hopeful that it will finally receive some relief now that President
Joe Biden is in office.
"We're grateful that President Biden has already
outlined a proposal to address these needs," said Patrick Foye, the
chairman and CEO of the MTA.
Patrick Warren, the MTA’s chief safety officer, listed the
ways the agency has kept people safe during the pandemic during their board
meeting on Thursday.
"We have provided over 21 million masks to our
employees and customers, 16 million pairs of gloves, 130,000 gallons of hand
sanitizer,” Foye continued. “We continue our daily cleaning and disinfecting of
stations, trains, buses, paratransit vehicles and employee workspaces."
Riders told News 12 Thursday that they feel safe from
COVID-19 while onboard the subway, but have other concerns – mostly crime-related.
One of the latest incidents happened at the Franklin Avenue
station where a man attacked two people on Jan. 10. The NYPD new Transit
Chief Kathleen O'Reilly says crime numbers are actually down.
“We are still battling the impression that crime is out of
control in the subway, and this is not the case,” she said. “These few
vicious incidents don’t represent the majority of the subway system.”
Despite the debt it faces, the MTA board decided Thursday
to temporarily postpone a vote on proposed fare adjustments geared toward
making them more revenue.