New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey both passed their 2009 budgets yesterday, but their fiscal circumstances couldn't be more different.

The MTA board passed an $11.42 billion "doomsday budget" that slashes services and raises fares, much to the consternation of the board members who voted for it, the agency staff that crafted it, and the riding public that will bear the costs.

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