The Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a draft of its “transformation plan” Friday. On surface, the report isn’t transformative. An eighth-grade business class could have put it together. But it helps Gov. Andrew Cuomo further conquer the MTA to avoid dealing with the issues an independent MTA leader would force him to confront.
The report, prepared as part of this year’s state budget by consultants at AlixPartners, looks like standard-fare corporate reorganization. There’s nothing objectionable about suggesting an “MTA Communications” department led by “communications specialists,” having “the right medium for the right message” and all such consultantspeak when it comes office tasks.
And the MTA likely can use some paring back, as the report suggests. Its headquarters division employs 3,096 people, up from 1,623 in 2012, part of a total increase in workers of 9,673, to 75,162.
But the MTA didn’t need a $4 million consulting contract to tell it that. Even before this report came out, it was planning 1,300 job cuts as it confronts a half-a-billion-dollar deficit. The MTA has been talking about “consolidation” for nearly a decade.
No, the real plan here is to further obscure the MTA bureaucracy — on purpose.
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