MTA Resumes Its Practice of Shortchanging Commuters

Given the magnitude of the damage done to the subways and tracks after Sandy, MTA workers should be commended for getting the entire system up as quickly as they did. But it didn’t take long for that good job to be tainted by the higher ups shortchanging commuters, yet again. Gawker.com puts it quite well in this article.

“Let’s all give a hand to New York’s MTA, for their work after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Really. They had to get an entire system back on line, despite extensive damage and heavy public pressure, and they did it. Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of all those workers who got down in dark, flooded tunnels and fixed that whole mess so this city could get moving again. We salute you all. This moment in time represents the most public good will the notoriously poorly managed MTA has had in many years.

Naturally, they had to do something shitty.

Sandy made the whole subway system inaccessible for many days (the exact figure depends on which trains you ride). For people who buy the $104 unlimited subway pass, that means that what was supposed to be a bargain for subway riders turned into a ripoff—subtract a week of rides, and that $104 price is terrible. So everyone suggested, quite logically, that the MTA just extend current 30 day passes by a few days or a week to make up for the lost time.”

To read the article in its entirety, visit The MTA Gets Back to Its Core Business of Screwing New Yorkers