In contrast to the recent months of uncertainty swirling around the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's financial health, the New York agency released its preliminary 2010 budget and financial plan with little fanfare at its board meeting yesterday.

The worsening economy is hurting the authority's revenue, but the bailout approved by the state Legislature in May, as well as fare increases and gap-closing actions, will keep the budgets for the current year and next year in balance, according to the plan.

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