The New MTA Website: More Or Less
The MTA website used to contain financial indicators that showed just how much of its operating costs, and its overall costs, were covered by fares. It also included performance and safety indicators.
In the new format, the performance and safety indicators are there. But the financial indicators are gone. A year and a half ago, when the MTA was slashing bus service, it showed extensive service usage and cost per rider information by bus line. I had hoped this would be expanded upon. Instead, information that was there is no longer there. Hopefully it is coming. I'll wait a couple of months before screaming bloody murder.
If this is a data disappearance, it wouldn't be the first. But hiding or getting rid of data is generally a Republican strategy, whereas Democrats are more skilled at manipulating it to deceive. I hope this isn't like the Pataki Administration suppressing data on what share of Medicaid spending in each part of the state is covered by federal, state and local money. That data has never returned.
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