Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed state budget calls for NYC to fully cover the MTA’s paratransit costs by boosting its annual contribution by more than $500 million; Mayor Eric Adams pushed back, calling it an unfair and unsustainable burden on his budget. Meanwhile, advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities and some MTA board members have questioned if that funding shift could worsen service reliability or cut into accountability.
The state’s attempt to move away from the current 50-50 funding structure comes three years after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the city to increase its legally required Access-A-Ride contribution from 33.3% of the program’s cost. Hochul described the budget discussions in February as “evolving.”
Source: The City