2009-04-24 / Community

Thompson Updates Online Transit Tracking

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has updated his online system of maps and charts to help New Yorkers determine how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) service cuts would affect them in just a few months. "The MTA has approved draconian transit service cuts that will take effect as early as June 28th," Thompson said. "Transit riders should know exactly what they will face if Albany lawmakers do not step in. In the interim, riders can prepare for the planned cuts by searching my online system to determine the impact on their commutes."

Thompson's system - accessible at www.comptroller. nyc.gov - allows users to input a ZIP code to see a table and map of what the proposed MTA cuts would mean to their neighborhoods. Users also can search by subway line or bus route to see a table of the more than 300 cuts.

The updated site now includes information about separate MTA Bus Company cuts on City Island in the Bronx and in Queens. The site also includes an easy-touse sharing feature where New Yorkers can invite others to use the system to assess the impact on their travels, either with a direct e-mail or by posting it on Facebook or other social networking pages. The site also links to KeepNewYorkMoving.com, a site where riders can urge State legislators to fund transit.

Thompson initially posted the search system in mid- February, before the MTA Board voted on March 25 to impose the cuts and raise fares by 23 percent to close a $1.2 billion operating budget deficit, with the possibility of an even greater deficit looming. Such cuts could increase crowding and passenger waiting times on subway and bus routes, and in many cases, cut service completely. Among the subway cuts proposed are the elimination of the W and Z lines and portions of the M and G; fewer trains during mid-days, weekends, evenings and late nights; and a loss of station or customer agents at 154 stations. Four stations would lose late-night train service altogether. A total of 78 bus lines would lose service on weekdays, weekends, or both, with other service reductions on 34 lines.

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