will likely cause even more crowding on busses and subways (is that possible?).
According to the New York Times, these will be the most sweeping service cuts since the city’s fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. Only once before in the 105-year history of the subway have fares risen two years in a row (fares last increased in March 2008). These higher fees and service cutbacks are intended to help MTA with the $1.2 billion deficit it is currently facing.
After reading a few articles on the topic, I posted this comment to Twitter:
Within 30 seconds, I had an email in my inbox notifying me that "NYC MTA Alerts" is now following me on Twitter. Wow. Upon further investigation, I realized the Twitter feed provides up-to-the-minute service updates, and never actually mentioned anything about the fare hikes. However, I was still impressed with how quickly my tweet was detected (maybe it's automated? is there even a way to do that?).
Well, slightly impressed. Not enough to make up for the extra $22 I'll be spending every month to get around town.