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Streetsblog provides a great wrap up of Monday's first hearing of the Ravitch Commission , a 13-member body, headed by former MTA Chair Richard Ravitch, that is charged with recommending strategies to fund MTA capital projects and operating needs over the next ten years, a period when the Authority will be under unprecedented financial pressure as it expands its system and rebuilds its infrastructure.

Streetsblog summed up the main themes that surfaced throughout the day's testimony to the commission:

  • Responsibility for adequately funding the MTA should fall on those who benefit from its services.
  • The MTA needs more consistent and reliable revenue streams.
  • The city and state have been derelict in their contributions to the MTA, and debt financing has gone too far.
  • It is reasonable, even desirable, to institute regular and predictable fare increases, but straphangers are currently shouldering too much of the burden.
  • The MTA must become more efficient and financially transparent.

Read Ravitch Commission Faces Difficult Task of Shoring Up MTA’s Future by Ben Fried on Streetsblog.

plans for Penn Station.

No matter how little can be accomplished in the initial expansion plans; provision for the eventual long range plans must be provided for. Do not do any short range items that interfer with future expansion.
1. The tunnels from NJ (THE) should have enough clearance to allow any size equipment (ex: AMTRAK superliner equipment) to enter the additional trackage. Once NEC clearances are improved to at least Trenton/Phil then high density seating on each passenger car will increase each train's load.
2. Lengthning of the present platforms and tracks for tracks 1 - 6 must be planned and 7-29 studied.
3. Connection of lengthened tracks 1-6 to the east river tunnels planned and maybe additional high clearance east river tunnels.
4. Ability to add tracks, platforms,tunnels under the present tracks also connecting to the east river tunnels.
5. provision of MTA subways to handle the additional crush.
6. Provision to future connect to grand central station.
7. Other future expansion ideas.