UPDATED: MTA in Free Fall: Low Ridership Numbers Could Mean Massive Debt, Cuts

Ridership declines across all of the MTA’s trains and buses is becoming “more severe” by the day, the agency’s latest statistics revealed, causing $87 million in weekly revenue losses and raising the specter of more debt and drastic cuts to much-needed long-term repairs.

Transit advocates supported the MTA’s bid to get $4 billion in emergency federal funding.

“We urge you to ensure that the MTA is protected with a full federal aid package of at least $4 billion as requested by the MTA in emergency operating support in response to the COVID-19 crisis,” read a joint letter sent by eight local groups to both New York senators and all members of Congress from the region.

The letter, sent today by the New York League of Conservation Voters, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, the  Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, the Regional Plan Association, Riders Alliance,  Reinvent Albany, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Transportation Alternatives, said $4 billion isn’t even enough.

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