New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the transit highlights of the FY 2024 Budget.
"The MTA is the life-blood of New York City, and we have made tremendous progress in returning ridership to pre-pandemic levels," Governor Hochul said. "With this budget, the MTA will have the resources it needs to keep serving New Yorkers for years to come. I applaud Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie for this collaborative process that will provide stability to our transit systems and make clear that New Yorkers, regardless of their ZIP code, deserve access to reliable transit."
What the Budget Includes
- Implementing over $400 million in MTA operating efficiencies to reduce expenses and improve service to customers.
- Increasing the top rate of the Payroll Mobility Tax (PMT) for the largest businesses in New York City, generating an additional $1.1 billion annually.
- Increasing New York City's share of funding for paratransit services through 2025, generating nearly $165 million annually.
- $300 million in one-time State aid to address the extraordinary impact of the pandemic on MTA operating revenues.
- $35 million in investment to improve subway service on weekday middays, weekends, and weeknights.
- $65 million to reduce the proposed fare increase on the MTA from 5.5% to 4%.
- $35 million in safety investments to protect riders.
- Dedicating $1.5 billion in licensing fees if three downstate casino licenses are awarded, and a share of an estimated $231 to $413 million in incremental annual tax revenue from the casinos for MTA operations.
- $15 million to fund a pilot program providing five fare-free bus routes in New York City.
Expanding New York Programs
Additionally, Governor Hochul will expand the New York City Automatic Bus Lane Enforcement (ABLE) program to cover additional violations that impede busways. This will improve bus service for riders and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
The FY 2024 Budget also builds on Governor Hochul's record of investing in transit by making a new contribution to expand public transit access and affordability statewide while improving public safety on trains, buses, and subways, across the state.
- $9.4 billion in mass transit operating support, including $829 million in operating support for non-MTA transit systems.
- $1.3 billion for a commuter-first Penn Station.
- $20 million for bus electrification for non-MTA transit systems, and $20 million to rehabilitate NFTA's light rail.