Members are nominated by the Governor, with four recommended by New York City's mayor and one each by the county executives of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Putnam counties.(Members representing the latter four cast one collective vote.) All Board members are confirmed by the New York State Senate.And after work, the network enables them to get to leisure activities: music, theater, cultural events, sports, and shopping more varied than anywhere in the country.MTA subways, buses, and railroads provide 2.73 billion trips each year to New Yorkers – the equivalent of about one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation's rail riders.When the subway opened in 1904, it launched an unprecedented era of growth and prosperity for the newly unified New York City.One hundred years later, the city's reliance on its underground rapid transit system is greater than ever.A workable mass transit system." MTA mass transit helps New Yorkers avoid about 17 million metric tons of pollutants while emitting only 2 million metric tons, making it perhaps the single biggest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) avoidance in the United States.The people living in our service area lead carbon-efficient lives, making New York the most carbon-efficient state in the nation.
A public-benefit corporation chartered by the New York State Legislature in 1968, the MTA is governed by a 17-member Board.
Among NYC Transit's capital projects are additional new subway cars and a state-of-the-art "communication-based” signal system to replace mechanical signals dating to 1904.
The MTA Bus Company was created in September 2004 to assume the operations of seven bus companies that operated under franchises granted by the New York City Department of Transportation.
Traditionally serving a Manhattan-bound market, the LIRR has undertaken extensive efforts to augment its reverse-commute and off-peak service to meet the needs of businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The railroad has replaced many of its oldest electric cars with state-of-the-art M-7 rail cars and has modernized its entire diesel fleet with new locomotives, bilevel coaches, and "dual-mode” locomotives that operate in both diesel and electrified territory, enabling many customers to travel between Long Island and Manhattan without changing trains.