Gov. Cuomo Promised a Plan to Fix the New York Subway; Critics Say it's MIA

Earlier this summer, the governor of New York promised an ambitious plan to fix the MTA subway system. Now, at the end of the promised timeline for that plan, critics are saying that the city is left with more of the same.

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August 31, 2017, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Dana Rubinstein follows up on some of the promised deliverables from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s declaration of a state of emergency for the New York subway system back in June 2017.

Sixty days after Gov. Cuomo promised two reports would be completed, there’s some question about whether Joseph J. Lhota, the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has completed that work. "Observers aren’t so sure," MTA officials have upheld their end of the bargain, writes Rubinstein.

"Shams Tarek, a spokesman for the MTA, said the two plans exist and can be found right here, in the singular subway stabilization plan released by Lhota in July," according to Rubinstein. But: "What Lhota released may be salutary for city subways, critics say, but it only bears a glancing resemblance to what was promised for a system that remains in crisis."

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Politico New York

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