When you dig around the couch cushions for money (and look who’s all fancy, owning a couch), what do you usually come up with? Some quarters and some old Fritos? That’s cute. You should try life at the MTA where you just might come upon a two billion dollar unanticipated surplus. Looks like the MTA selling candy car-to-car paid off.
But yes, actually seriously, the MTA has two billion extra dollars they found just sitting around. It comes mostly from cutting pension and healthcare costs, along with unexpected tax revenues and energy being cheaper. But, you ask, what will they actually do with this money? State comptroller Tom DiNapoli has suggested the agency not regularly raise fares, which is just adorable and probably won’t happen. If we had to guess, the MTA is going to tell us they’re putting it somewhere safe for the future, before getting wayyyy too drunk at a party and forgetting where they put it.