Right track for MTA could be independent oversight

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Since: Mar 09

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#1
Apr 10, 2009
 
it is time the MTA should be watched they want to come out as holding the public ostage and take over bridges that nyc dot owns not them they just want to collect the tolls from it and not maintain it . it is time they shuld be watch then hoar the public out of cash
Clear Vision

West Babylon, NY

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#2
Apr 10, 2009
 
Split the company into LIRR, Metro North, NYC Subway, and Bus. Privatize all four so the fat-cat pensions and union can be eliminated.

The government has proven it cannot run a railroad, subway or bus transportation business. The private businesses would need government oversight, but they would be able to be flexible to meet the customer's needs.
Them MTA cannot even figure out how many people it has on its payroll. What an embarrassment for NY.

Travel overseas and you will find private rail and subways that make our system look like the 1800's.

Since: Mar 09

New York, NY

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#3
Apr 10, 2009
 
time to put AMTRAK on the rails.AMTRAK runs commuter rail roads around the country under a diffrent name. 40 years of the MTA has caused people to be greaty bastards and forget who pay their saleries
Roberto Tobar

Mineola, NY

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#4
Apr 10, 2009
 
I agree airnational. All the MTA wants is our money. Do they expect us to seriously believe they're in the hole?

The MTA doesn't care though.....they're letting the time run out.
more phony reform

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#5
Apr 11, 2009
 
just what we need. another level of politically connected insiders that will be paid exorbitant salaries to rubber stamp whatever they're told to. that's just what would come of an oversight board.

“Light tomorrow with today!”

Since: Aug 08

Long Island

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#7
Apr 11, 2009
 
When is someone or some entity going to grow a set and take the MTA by the balls and do something proactive for the people...all it seems is that we have a bunch of losers everywhere who are afraid to do something constructive and take these guys on.
Mike

Forest Hills, NY

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#8
Apr 11, 2009
 
Amen! Or better yet, replace the board with this proposed group.
derail

Bronx, NY

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#9
Apr 11, 2009
 
I think another 5 million dollar study should be done.
Roberto Tobar

Mineola, NY

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#10
Apr 11, 2009
 
And we should probably take over the MTA! We could do a better job than the current board members are doing....especially frickin' Nancy McCartney - er, Shevell.
Ya Think

Hampton Bays, NY

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Apr 12, 2009
 

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Finally, the right answer. The MTA has been run so poorly for so long by corrupt leadership, book-cooking accountants and general acts of scamboogery. Independent oversight is the only solution. Wouldn't it be amazing to find out that there's actually an MTA surplus rather than an ever widening deficit that's constantly being cried about. Flanco dirrup seenah hoopcha!
Roberto Tobar

Mineola, NY

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Apr 12, 2009
 
I still think there's a surplus too. No way is the MTA in this much trouble. They just want US to be in trouble.
Gordon

Brooklyn, NY

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#15
Apr 13, 2009
 
Even this editorial, which is calling for increased oversight, admits that the MTA is already audited. The sad thing, Roberto and others, is that there isn't any extra money hiding in a safe. It's all been wasted.
Bunko

Chesterfield, MO

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#16
Apr 13, 2009
 
I wish we had an Attorney General in this state who would take on the MTA and show voters that he really is interested in the people of New York rather than just advancing his career by refusing to take on the unions who he relies on for political support.
doubled

Central Islip, NY

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#17
Apr 13, 2009
 
Just like government run schools has failed we now realize that government transit systems have also failed. Time to rid ourselves of both as both are the source of the large tax increases that have made Long Island and New York an unaffordable place to live.
Sell it off

Fort Lee, NJ

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#18
Apr 13, 2009
 
Sell it off, take the cash, let the new owners gut the contracts and let riders pay the freight for a change.

Win-Win-Win-Win!
Kickback

Longboat Key, FL

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#19
Apr 13, 2009
 
Ya Think wrote:
Finally, the right answer. The MTA has been run so poorly for so long by corrupt leadership, book-cooking accountants and general acts of scamboogery. Independent oversight is the only solution. Wouldn't it be amazing to find out that there's actually an MTA surplus rather than an ever widening deficit that's constantly being cried about. Flanco dirrup seenah hoopcha!
If there was a surplus I am sure it would be distributed into the executive and politicians bank accounts. It is about time the politicians stop ripping us off. We pay absurd taxes and fees on everything in NY, from cell phones to DMV fees. Enough.
LIRRelevant

Fort Lee, NJ

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#20
Apr 13, 2009
 
Break it up, sell it off, take the cash, let the new owners gut the contracts, make the riders pay the freight.

WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN!
Roberto Tobar

United States

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#21
Apr 14, 2009
 
Lose-lose-lose-lose. It's always the rider that has to suffer.

I'm afraid I have to agree with whoever said if there's a surplus, it'll be wasted on those fat cats' bank accounts. They need to be probed too.

And worse, I just heard this morning that the MTA wants to make fare hikes and cuts TWICE this year! Suddenly, moving out of here or taking unprovoked action sounds like less of a bad idea than before.

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