The MTA is standing by a threat made two months ago that it will not be able to fund its emergency action plan without funding from the city. The president of the MTA attributes the subway system’s myriad of recent problems to an issue of inadequate funding. As the problems of the city’s dilapidated transit system grow worse with each passing day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to publicly feud over whose government ultimately bears responsibility for the costs of maintaining the underground tunnels and rails. This standoff between the two politicians has elicited harsh criticism from a local riders’ advocacy group, the Riders Alliance.
- The president of the MTA blames the rail system’s handful of problems to the issue of inadequate funding for repairs and maintenance
- Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are in a tense standoff over whose responsibility it is to fund the public transit system in the city
- Local riders’ advocacy groups like the Riders Alliance are criticizing the governor and the mayor for failing to resolve the problem
“The MTA is doubling down on its statements made back in September that the agency would have to scale back on its $863 million emergency response action plan, if the city isn’t willing to pay for half.”