Whenever the MTA floats a fare hike around, you can be sure there will be poor service around the time the board gets a chance to vote. Delayed trains, no air-conditioning, couple of more bums sleeping in the cars. It's the MTA's way of letting you know what you can expect if you deny them.
You're going to hear a lot about Congestion Pricing being the elixir to all the problems. Just remember, the CP money was supposed to go in some imaginary "lock-box" to pay for NEW buses and rail cars. The MTA problems are due to a deficit borne of EXISTING operations. So when the MTA blames CP not going through (how could they depend on that) which they are doing, it wouldn't have done a thing to help the deficit.
To relocate cars from a tiny sliver of the city is stupid policy anyway. I am all for reducing traffic and pollution, but CITY-WIDE. Put tolls up on all the highways and prove that you care about all citizens. There is as much traffic Eastbound on the Grand Central every morning as West. To claim pollution only happens in Manhattan is despicable and unbelievably self-centered.
But anyway, expect terrible MTA service until it gets its cash. Sorry for the inconvenience, we will be moving soon.