Brazilian electricity and New York buses NY Torch

What can Brazilian power lines teach New York about introducing private-sector competition to its public-bus system? In 1999, Brazil started to hold auctions open to both public and private sector players interested in improving the nation's transmis...

Digesting the Ravitch report on MTA finances NY Torch

As promised, here are our articles in today's newspaper parsing the Ravitch report on how to fix the finances of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority: E.J. on "A Just Plain Terrible Tax Proposal" Me on the "Devilish MTA Details"...

Data of the day – MTA NY Torch

Today, the Ravitch commission released its report on MTA finances. We'll have more to say about this tomorrow. Here's an interesting piece of data to tide readers over 'till then: (more…)...

The MTA’s next tax bite NY Torch

The Ravitch Commission is said to be mulling a payroll tax to help close large deficits faced by the state Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).   Other elements of the package reportedly would include fare increases and the acquisition and ...

The MTA mess NY Torch

The Post was kind enough to run my article on the MTA today, in which I detail how the state-controlled public authority that runs the metro region's buses and subways got itself into the pickle it's in today, as well as suggestions for a way out. O...
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