Bold action is needed.
Step 1: Switch bus fare collection from entrances to on-board payment. This could cut curbside "dwell times" in half, speeding bus trips up to 20% and winning back some riders from cars, cabs and Ubers.
Step 2: Charge a congestion fee for Ubers, yellow cabs and, yes, all cars and trucks traveling to and in the Manhattan core. This will cut down on traffic and raise money for transit.
Step 3: Use the congestion revenues to equip every subway line with modern digital controls. This will allow more trains per hour and end those cascading delays.
One man can do all this. He controls the MTA and he's got the political chops to bring together city and state power brokers. Governor Cuomo, are you listening?