Should Mayor Bill de Blasio want to implement acceptance of the MTA Metrocard for a free transfer between bus, subway and ferry, all he has to do is use his influence.
For starters, he appoints four of the 15-member MTA Board. One of his members, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, previously worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and has an excellent background in transit.
And New York City has significant influence with both Albany and the MTA. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx appoints one of the four-member MTA Capital Program Review Board.
There are also 59 fellow Democrats in the Assembly from the city who owe their allegiance to Heastie.
The Democratic State Senate caucus is led by Westchester State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who is friendly toward the Big Apple. Four of the seven-member Independent Democratic State Senate Conference chaired by Jeffrey Klein are from New York City.
Will Mayor Bill de Blasio be a profile in courage for ferry riders? We shall see in good time.