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Issue: Accountable Public Authorities “Open MTA”

20 Groups Urge MTA to Appoint Traffic Mobility Review Board, Have Open Meetings

Twenty Groups Urge MTA Board to Promptly Appoint Traffic Mobility Review Board and Ensure it Follows Open Meetings Law Recommendations are Due After November 15, 2020, One Year From Today Twenty groups representing rider, watchdog and industry groups today sent a letter to the MTA Board urging it to promptly appoint the Traffic Mobility Review […]

MTA Must Make Fact-Based Decisions on Debarment, Policing and Capital Plan

Testimony of Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board November 14, 2019 Good morning. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including authorities like the MTA. We are concerned that the MTA, once respected for its technical expertise, is making significant decisions based on “feelings,” […]

Legislature Must Provide Ongoing Oversight of MTA Capital Spending

Testimony of Reinvent Albany NYS Joint Legislative Hearing on the MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan Re: Need for Ongoing Legislative of Oversight of $88B in Approved MTA Capital Plan Spending November 12, 2019 Good morning, my name is Rachael Fauss, and I am the Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and […]

Watchdog Thanks MTA For Budget Transparency Website

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board Re: Praise for MTA Release of Budget Information in Open Data October 23, 2019Good morning. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including state authorities like the MTA. We would like to thank the […]

Testimony to MTA Finance Committee on Increasing Police Force

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Finance CommitteeRe: MTA must show how it will fund increasing the size of the MTA police force by 581 officers October 21, 2019 Good afternoon. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including state authorities […]

Watchdogs Ask MTA to Show How it Will Pay for Increasing Police Force by 581

Watchdog Groups Call on MTA to Show How it Will Fund Cost of Increasing Size of MTA Police Force By 581 New Police OfficersConcern that Spending More on Police Will Reduce Ability of MTA to Maintain High Levels of Transit Service In a letter to the MTA Board, budget and transit watchdogs Reinvent Albany, Citizens […]

Transit Groups: MTA Must Publish Start Dates for 2020-24 Capital Plan

Transit Groups Ask MTA Capital Program Review Board to Work With MTAto Publish Basic Information About 2020-2024 Capital Plan When Will Projects Get Started and In What Order? In an October 10 letter, transit watchdog groups Reinvent Albany, TransitCenter, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC), Riders Alliance and Tri-State Transportation Campaign […]

Yes! Say Transit Groups to Governor Cuomo’s Call for Legislative Leaders and Mayor to Join Him Personally At Public MTA Capital Program Review Board Meeting

Reinvent Albany • NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC) Riders Alliance • TransitCenter Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement Transit watchdog and advocacy groups strongly support Governor Cuomo’s proposal that he, legislative leaders and the mayor of New York City all represent themselves on the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB). The groups […]

Watchdog Praise for MTA Capital Plan Open Data

Statement Thanking MTA For Publishing 2020-2024 Capital Plan Project List As Open DataReinvent Albany thanks MTA CEO/Chair Foye and MTA staff for publishing a spreadsheet of capital plan projects. This follows Foye’s commitment in April 2019 to revamp the MTA’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Data processes. We welcome this transparency and appreciate this opportunity to […]

Watchdog Analysis Shows Huge Challenge for MTA to Spend Capital Funds in Timely Way

Watchdog Analysis of MTA Capital Plans Shows Spending Funding in Timely Way a Huge Challenge In 2020, MTA Will Have Three or Four Capital Plans Underway, with at Least $25B Left from Old Plans MTA Will Inevitably Need To Choose Which Projects Come First and Last, So Best They Do So Transparently Calls for MTA […]

MTA Plans to Hire 500 New Police Officers Questionable

Testimony of Rachael Fauss, Reinvent Albany Before MTA Board New York City Transit Committee Re: 500 New Police Officers and MTA 2020-2024 Capital Plan September 23, 2019Good morning. I am Rachael Fauss, Senior Research Analyst for Reinvent Albany. We advocate for more transparent and accountable state government, including for state authorities like the MTA. I […]