New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority's heavy reliance on debt to finance its capital program will put increased pressure on its operating budget, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report yesterday.

Even with the additional revenue from the recent bailout package signed into law last month, the agency still faces fiscal challenges. The comptroller agreed with projections that a new payroll tax in counties served by the MTA, called a "mobility tax," would support $6.8 billion of bonds but said that debt service would consume an increasing amount of revenue.

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