After months of sometimes raucous meetings and public hearings, the MTA Board votes on service cuts that commuters describe as harmful.
According to the MTA’s service reduction proposal, the V train will be cut — it will be merged with the M train. The W will also be eliminated, and there will be fewer trains on the 1, 7, A, L, M, F and J lines.
It’s all part of an effort to plug the MTA’s $800 million budget hole. Wednesday’s changes are expected to save only a fraction of that — just $93 million. The MTA promises to find another $400 million in savings, including cuts in pay at the executive level.
The MTA says it has already cut 15 percent of its payroll, but even if it finds the full $400 million it promises to save, it is still about $300 million short, and the law requires that that the MTA balance its budget.