NY outlines $8.8 bln plan to overhaul subway

Javier Stokes
July 28, 2017

But Lhota and Governor Andrew Cuomo have pressured de Blasio to contribute more than EMTs, according to AM New York.

The second phase, which will be outlined in the coming weeks, will consist of long-term improvements, including better subway cars, a new signal system and more modern communications technology.

"The mayor can't run and he can't hide from his responsibility", said TWU International and Local 100 President John Samuelsen.

De Blasio on Wednesday said he knows nothing about the email, which is time stamped 10:53PM Saturday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to pay for the proposed MTA emergency action plan.

The budget presentation by Mr. Foran also revealed the steep costs of the agency's contingency plans for summer repairs at Pennsylvania Station in NY - a transit headache Mr. Cuomo called the "summer of hell".

"You slow down the subway system, you slow down the blood flow in this city", Cuomo said.

"New York State has invested heavily in the MTA", Cuomo continued.

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"There is no time for delay, and there is no tolerance for lack of commitment on this issue", Cuomo added. "Today, I am making the state's funds available to begin the transformation of the MTA", Cuomo said. "To me, this is black and white".

De Blasio insisted that the public transit system's "state of emergency" as Cuomo recently declared, was "not about the MTA needing more money". New Yorkers need help, and they need it now.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Lhota unveiled the $836 million NYC Subway Action Plan, the MTA's new plan to stabilize and improve the system and lay the foundation for modernizing the New York City subway.

"Without financial support from the state -and the city- riders will be forced to suffer through more delays, more breakdowns and more misery", he said.

When Lhota called for the city and state to each pony up half of the $456 million in operating funds - plus an additional $380 million in capital funding - de Blasio used the opportunity to dig the governor for sitting on those resources.

Samuelsen says de Blasio could move to allocate a fraction of the city's $4 billion surplus in taxpayer money.

The rescue plan includes a pilot program to remove seats on at least two lines to cram more passengers into each vehicle, which has attracted scathing commentary.

Lhota, who is expected to complete a 30-day review of the subway system this week, has said he will likely ask the city for more funding for needed upgrades.

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