The obvious (and correct) equitable solution is a return to the old
commuter tax that captures the cross border commuters from CT and NJ
as well as the MTA's NY catchment area.
With that revenue stream in hand, the MTA should endeavor to focus on
the regional transit picture - and politicians should take a hard look
at combining authorities in ways that make operational sense. The NY
metro region overlaps three state boundaries, but planning needs to be
done on a regional basis. No easy task, but worth focusing on.
Typos courtesy of my iPhone