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MTA: Improved Subway Service Boosts Our Pitch for Congestion Pricing | Streetsblog New York City

MTA leadership has a message for New York State lawmakers: we’re doing what we need to do to turn the subway system around — now give us the money we need to finish the job.

Under New York City Transit President Andy Byford, the subways continue to see marked service improvements: On-time performance last month was over 75 percent, compared to 6o percent last February. Other metrics — delays, customer journey time, on-time performance — are similarly trending in the right direction. Customer complaints, meanwhile, are down.

“I want the takeaway from this to be clear: If we invest in the subway system, combined with improving operational excellence, our customers will see sustained operational improvements,” MTA President Pat Foye told reporters on Monday. “We need funding from state and city partners to improve it, and congestion pricing is the best way to both fund the MTA and fix the subways.”

Foye and other officials have been back and forth from Albany in recent weeks pitching skeptical legislators on Gov. Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan, which would charge drivers to enter Manhattan below 61th Street.

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