While it may be hard to fully analyze how much the subway’s deteriorating performance is costing the city every day, a new study from the Independent Budget Office has given us a better idea of what its cost the city’s government: many, many hours of work.
This year, alone, the IBO estimates that subways have caused municipal employees to miss a staggering 17,000 hours of work. No wonder it took so long for me to get my new driver’s license.
That jaw-dropping statistic puts city workers on track to have their tardiest year ever and is a nearly 30 percent increase from this time last year.
The MTA responded to the report with the following statement: “Any increase in delays experienced on the subway show the critical need to support and fund the MTA’s Subway Action Plan and why City Hall and Mayor de Blasio should step up and fund their half of the plan.”
In the meantime, I guess we all need to get used to the fact that we we're going to set our alarms earlier for quite some time.