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Table 12.VI.A

New York City (NYC)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - Statistics

  MTA Totals at a Glance*  
  2015 Operating budget
$13.9 Billion
  Annual Ridership
  Average Weekday Ridership
  Rail and Subway Lines, and Bus Routes
  Rail and Subway Cars
  Track Miles
  Bus Route Miles
  Rail and Subway Stations
  *Financial data as of February 25, 2015; Statistical data for year ending December 31, 2014.  

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

  • MTA subways, buses and railroads move 2.6 billion New Yorkers a year, about one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation's rail riders
  • MTA bridges and tunnels carry more than 300 million vehicles annually more than any bridge and tunnel authority in the nation.
  • This vast transportation network, North America's largest, serves a population of 14.6 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area fanning out from NYC through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut.
  • Four of every five rush-hour commuters to NYC's central business district avoid traffic congestion by taking transit services, most of it operated by the MTA.
  • MTA customers travel on America's largest bus fleet and on more trains than all the rest of the country's subways and commuter railroads combined.
  • The greatest value of the MTA lies in its beneficial impact on the New York region's economy and quality of life.
  • New York ranks near the top among the nation's best cities for business, says Fortune magazine, because it has what every city desires, a workable mass transit system.
  • Since 1982, the MTA has been carrying out the largest public works rebuilding project in the country.
  • Funded by federal, state, and local government and by the issuance of debt, the MTA has replaced or overhauled nearly all of the subway, railroad, and bus fleets; rebuilt maintenance shops and much of the 2,000 miles of subway and railroad track; and restored Grand Central Terminal and the LIRR's Penn Station.
  • With its 2005-2009 Capital Program the MTA will move forward on the first substantial expansion of the network in 60 years, including Long Island Rail Road access to Grand Central, the uptown segment of a full-length Second Avenue subway, the extension of the number 7 line west from Times Square to the Javits Center, and a direct link from Kennedy Airport to downtown Manhattan.
  • The MTA is a public-benefit corporation chartered by the New York State Legislature in 1965. It is governed by a 17-member Board. Members are nominated by the Governor, with four recommended by NYC's mayor and one each by the county executives of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Putnam counties. All Board members are confirmed by the New York State Senate.

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