The devil is in the details concerning pronouncements by MTA Chairman Pat Foye about how great the recent contract with his employees really is. It is a repeat of past history.
Once again, this contract will result in additional fare hikes beyond the next two previously scheduled over the coming four years. This will be necessary to pay for the real costs when the bills come due.
As usual, Governor Andrew Cuomo and elected officials who depend upon transportation union endorsements, campaign contributions, phone banks and volunteers did not stand up against their benefactors and seriously support MTA management in winning any significant reforms during contract renewal negotiations.
Unions once again out-negotiated management as they have done for decades. Riders never had the stomach to put up with potential work slow downs, service disruptions and possible strikes by unions, who have no intentions of giving up what they have.
Promised future productivity reform and financial savings just as in the past will never take place. This is what happens when you have a government monopoly in transportation services.