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MTA Asks For $4B Bailout Amid Dramatic Drops In Ridership


Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials say the MTA needs a $4 billion bailout as ridership drops during the coronavirus pandemic.

They estimate Long Island Rail Road ridership has dropped by 67%, and by 90% on Metro-North.

The MTA told New York’s congressional delegation that they face a financial calamity unless they get help.

They expect a $3.7 billion revenue decline and will spend about $300 million to clean and maintain cars to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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