House of cards
Feb 17, 2016 | 10153 views | 1 1 comments | 422 422 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

The cardboard cut-out campaign of Governor Andrew Cuomo clearly illustrates the lack of state financial commitment to public transportation.

Cuomo has never given any specifics of how he will come up with $7.3 of the $8.3 billion promised to meet the shortfall in his proposed 2015-2019 MTA Five-Year Capital Plan.

The originally proposed $32 billion capital plan in September 2014 was rejected by the MTA Capital Program Review Board. In October 2015, a revised $28 billion plan was approved by the MTA Board.

How can the MTA justify cutting $9 billion in badly needed capital improvements over a ten-year period and still provide the day-to-day services millions of New Yorkers count on?

How many critical capital improvement projects will be postponed?

Cuomo is just kicking the can down the road. Why would the next governor want to pay for any of Cuomo's bills?

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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Pedro Valdez Rivera
March 26, 2016
Larry Penner, you are my inspiration to be the as much realistic as neutral centralist as it should be that focuses on the issue that matters most to me: Public Transportation in the MTA Region. Note: In a recent college graduate with a BA in History and pursuing a MA in Urban Studies in the considerable future, with a critical focus on improving mass transit in my community in the most factual and transparent was possible. I know that I read your letters on the dire situations on the MTA and the Dysfunctional Port Authority and you are an expert on Public Transportation in the past four decades. My question to you is: What certain resources should I need to research on these serious issues, such as a book, a video, an article, a website, etc., which I need to focus on my interest like this? Disclaimer: I am a Rogue Research Reporter for the Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization fighting for affordable improved subway, bus and commuter rail service in NYC.