MTA is the largest public transit authority in the United States. The agency also entered into a long-term lease of the Penn Central Transportation 's Hudson , Harlem , and New Haven commuter rail lines,  contracting their subsidized operation to Penn Central, until that company's operations were folded into Conrail in Ronan , as chairman and chief executive officer.
Ronan served in this post until Veronique Hakim is currently the managing director of the MTA. The MTA's immediate past chairpersons were: Kalikow — , H.
Prendergast — ,  and Lhota present , who was re-appointed. Its agencies serve a region of approximately MTA agencies now move more than 8. The MTA's systems carry over 11 million passengers on an average weekday systemwide, and over , vehicles on its seven toll bridges and two tunnels per weekday.
MTA carries out these planning and other responsibilities both directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and provides oversight to these subordinate agencies, known collectively as "The Related Entities". In turn, these previously existing agencies were with the exception of MTA Bridges and Tunnels and MTA Capital Construction successors to the property of private companies that provided substantially the same services.
Each of these Related Entities has a popular name and in some cases, a former, legal name. The popular names were part of an overall corporate identification effort in to eliminate the confusion over the affiliations of the various "authorities" that were part of the MTA. Both are listed below. Each of these members has one vote. The county executives of Dutchess , Orange , Rockland , and Putnam counties also nominate one member each, but these members cast one collective vote.
The Board also has six rotating nonvoting seats held by representatives of MTA employee organized labor and the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee, which serves as a voice for users of MTA transit and commuter facilities. All board members are confirmed by the New York State Senate. The MTA has developed three official web and mobile apps for its subway and bus services,     and also provides data to private app developers to create their own unofficial MTA apps.
This was achieved through both the Subway Time mobile app and as open data. In , the MTA began to look at ways of displaying service disruptions due to weekend engineering works in a visual format. The MTA announced plans to integrate all three apps in The combined app, scheduled for release in , would include countdown clock information for all subway and bus routes, as well as weekend service changes and travel planners.
The budget deficit of the MTA is a growing crisis for the organization as well as for New York City and State residents and governments. If this is not funded, the MTA will fund the repairs with debt and raise fares to cover repayments. The MTA has consistently run on a deficit, but increased spending in —04 coupled with the economic downturn led to a severe increase in the financial burden that the MTA bore.
The budget problems stem from multiple sources. The MTA cannot be supported solely by rider fares and road tolls. Revenue collected from real estate taxes for transportation purposes helped to contain the deficit. This budget deficit has resulted in various problems, mainly concentrated in New York City. Other plans call for making extensive renovations to 30 subway stations , allowing mobile ticketing by cellphone or bank cards, and adding security cameras on buses, charging stations for electronics, and more countdown clocks.
In April , another ad became the subject of controversy when the MTA refused to display it, the refusal was again challenged in court, and the MTA again lost in court and was ordered by a federal judge to display the ad.
Constitution, and rejected the MTA's argument that the ad might endorse terrorism or violence. A week afterward, the MTA's board in a 9—2 vote banned all political, religious, and opinion advertisements on subways and buses, limiting any ads to commercial ones.
In , following the September 11, , terrorist attacks , the MTA introduced the slogan "If you see something, say something. Allen Kay , CEO of Korey Kay and Partners, stated in that the company had to do a lot of research to ensure that consumers understood the message correctly. The MTA moved to trademark the slogan in However, this new campaign now features the pictures, names, and quotes of New Yorkers who called to report suspicious people or things on the MTA's system.
In MTA buses, there are stickers plastered on the frontmost seats. The front seats are priority searing, and the stickers state "Won't you please give up your seat to the disabled or elderly" with the "o" in "Won't" replaced with a heart symbol. In , it was codified into an enforceable policy that could be punished with a fine.
Since , the MTA has had a "Courtesy Counts" campaign consisting of posters that show colored stick figures having either correct or incorrect etiquette. Green stick figures show what riders should do, such as taking off their backpacks, while red stick figures show what riders should not do, such as manspreading.
Manners Make a Better Ride. In May , the MTA started a three-month pilot program to encourage riders to give up their seats for the pregnant, disabled, or elderly. It created a website where pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly could request specialized buttons.
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