As Albany lurches towards the conclusion of budget season on April 1, the word “parity” has been bandied about a great deal — and without careful examination.
Lawmakers seeking “parity” are calling for equal amounts of state money to be distributed between downstate transit, which is managed by the MTA, and upstate roads and bridges, which are managed by the New York State Department of Transportation. The argument goes that NYSDOT isn’t receiving enough compared to the MTA.
But a recent analysis by the General Contractors Association of New York reveals that while the MTA’s capital program is larger, NYSDOT receives substantially more state dollars for its capital program. State contributions account for 59 percent of funding for NYSDOT’s capital program, but only 31 percent of the MTA’s.
And that’s even before considering that — unlike NYSDOT or the New York State Thurway Authority — the MTA won’t actually be getting any real dollars in this year’s budget.