Metro-North gave a record 83 million rides last year, but makes up less than one fifth of the nation’s largest transit agency when it comes to funding.
The proposed $13. billion 2014 budget for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority includes $1.1 billion for the railroad serving the Lower Hudson Valley, Orange and Dutchess counties and southwest Connecticut.
By far, the largest share of the spending plan, $7.1 billion, goes to New York City’s subways, most of its buses and the Staten Island Railroad. Another $1.4 billion goes to the Long Island Rail Road.
(The second largest piece, $2.3 billion, goes to paying off debt. That includes repairs to the systems following Superstorm Sandy.)
The rest would go to the agency’s seven bridges and two tunnels, construction projects, headquarters operations and other expenses.