There are even better ideas than former Erie County executive and potential Republican candidate for governor Joel Giambra's to legalize marijuana.
He would have dedicated tax revenues pay for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital program, as well as road and bridge improvements. Why not think outside the box?
Use the free market and let the New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro North Rail Road use off peak, late night, overnight and weekend excess capacity to provide consumers with other services they desire.
Create the "X" line, which could run separate trains and provide cars for folks to light up either cigarettes, cigars or marijuana. You could also have other cars for drinking, gambling or adult entertainment. This could raise the MTA millions.