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MTA to burn $500K

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:06 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

MTA faces budget gap. MTA makes painful service cuts. MTA finds some new funding. Does MTA reinstate service?

No, of course not. That would be too easy. And it wouldn’t give Albany yet another reason to waste money, which is the state capital’s favorite pastime.

Instead of just using common sense and bringing back the bus service it cut in Northeast Queens, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to spend $500,000 studying ... the effect of its own service cuts.

State Sen. Tony Avella naturally sees the allocation as a victory, since it marks a step toward the restoration of service. But it would make much more sense to just restore the service that was cut, without spending half-a-million to determine that’s what’s needed.

Welcome to the discussion.