Subsidies to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from New York City and New York State have remained flat since 1990, according to a report released last week by the New York City Independent Budget Office.

The cash-strapped authority has called for more state and city aid, but those requests received cool responses. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that the city subsidies total $1.2 billion whereas the MTA reported last month that it expects to receive $858 million from all state and city sources combined in 2008, the report said.

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