Gov. Cuomo announces MTA adopt-a-station partnership

28 July, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • Ending the failure

New York's deteriorating subway stations may be getting makeovers sponsored by companies that would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the opportunity to promote their brands at stops along the 700-mile system.

A letter sent Wednesday from PSC Chairman John Rhodes to Con Edison CEO John McAvoy said, "There are significant actions that Con Edison should be taking now" to improve reliability, including "comprehensive inspections of all electric equipment that serves the MTA system".

At a time when an action plan seemed like the light at the end of the tunnel, another trail derailment last Friday turned the subway into a nightmare for commuters. MTA's Chairman Joe Lhota is anxious to start the service improvements. He proposed that the city and the state each contribute half of the cost of the short-term plan.

The appeal for private contributions to the city's crumbling subway system comes after months of breakdowns and delays that have contributed to the first decrease in ridership in more than 20 years.

Cuomo said that the state contributes $8.3 billion to the MTA capital plan, while the city commits $2.5 billion.

The plans include expanding a program to fix 1,300 failing signals, cleaning up 40,000 street grates to divert water and clean up debris, and enlisting the New York State Public Service Commission to address power issues. New Yorkers need help, and they need it now.

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More riders blame Gov. Andrew Cuomo than Mayor Bill de Blasio for the meltdown of the subways, a new poll released on Thursday shows.

The mayor's office noted that since 2011, Cuomo has diverted $456 million of operating money earmarked for MTA riders - $391.5 million from the Metropolitan Mass Transportation Operating Assistance Account and a $65 million reduction in state reimbursements - to the MTA in 2017.

Riders who live in Brooklyn are the most frustrated with the system out of all New York City residents, with 52 percent rating the system as poor, compared to 42 percent of Queens residents, 38 percent of people from the Bronx, and 39 percent of Manhattanites.

"Today was a step in the right direction", de Blasio said, as he reiterated his stance that the city shouldn't be burdened with the bulk of the costs to fix the system.

"The subway system is no doubt in distress and we're here for solutions", Lhota said Tuesday, according to NBC New York.

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.


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