Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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All amounts are in dollars
Category Available
Change From
Aid To Localities 636,000,000 633,654,000 -2,346,000 0
Capital Projects 487,000,000 82,000,000 -405,000,000 1,279,552,000
Total 1,123,000,000 715,654,000 -407,346,000 1,279,552,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 12/16/08.


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving public transportation in the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District consisting of New York City and Duchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties. The Authority oversees the operations of the bus and subway systems in New York City, commuter railroads in the region, and seven bridges and two tunnels in New York City. This oversight includes general policy direction and development and financing of the operating and capital programs.

The Authority is comprised of three independent entities: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA New York City Transit and MTA Bridges and Tunnels. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has six subsidiaries: MTA Staten Island Rapid Transit, MTA Long Island Rail Road, MTA Long Island Bus, MTA Metro North Railroad, MTA Bus and MTA Capital Construction. MTA New York City Transit, which operates the New York City subway and bus systems, has one subsidiary: MTA Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $1.3 billion All Funds ($1.3 billion from the General Fund) for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from the Rebuild and Renew New York Bond Act of 2005. Funds appropriated directly to the MTA include new appropriations and reappropriations from the Bond Act, approved by voters in November 2005, which provided $1.45 billion of capital aid from SFYs 2005-06 through 2009-10. The $1.3 billion includes approximately $1.2 billion in reappropriations of capital aid and approximately $82 million in new capital aid for 2009-10. The appropriations made directly to the MTA are in addition to the approximately $2.26 billion subsidy (a decrease of approximately $256 million from the 2008-09 Amended Budget level) provided by the State to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that is appropriated in the Department of Transportation’s Aid to Localities budget. This year-to-year decrease in aid levels is due to the non-recurrance of approximately $150 million in aid that was accelerated to the MTA in 2008-09 from one of the transit accounts as a one-time distribution of fund balance. The decrease also includes a portion of the impact of declining transit revenues and the discontinuation of $19.6 million in real estate tax transfers appropriated from the Additional Mass Transportation Assistance Program (AMTAP) fund to the MTA that are no longer available.

2009-10 Executive Budget — Agency Presentation
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (PDF)