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February 10, 2010 by Post Team 

6130_NpAdvSinglePhotoMta Nyc | growing number of major transit agencies are using federal stimulus money to avoid service cuts – and some MTA board members think it’s the right move for New York, too.

At least six of the 10 biggest bus and rail systems in the country have decided to spend up to 10% of their stimulus funds to plug budget holes, the Daily News has learned.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority is the latest to choose the option. Transit officials in the nation’s capital voted last week to use $10million of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money, along with revenues from a 10-cent fare hike, to cancel service cuts as they were about to be implemented.

“We bought some time,” Washington Metropolitan spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said yesterday.

Doreen Frasca, chairwoman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s NYC Transit committee, said the MTA should use some federal funds “to avoid the most egregious of the service cuts” to the bus and subway system.

MTA board member Allen Cappelli also said the authority should give the idea serious consideration.

MTA Chairman Jay Walder has resisted the idea. He has said the stimulus funds are needed for an even more strained budget that is critical to reliability and safety: the capital construction budget, which pays for such things as track replacement, new buses and trains, and technological upgrades to signals and communications systems.


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