Gov. Cuomo announces MTA adopt-a-station partnership

28 July, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Components of the first phase include signal and track maintenance, expanding major overhaul capacity from 950 to 1,100 cars per year to increase reliability, increasing the frequency of station cleaning by 30 percent and overhauling digital communications assets.

Cuomo told Lhota and Transport Workers Union 100 President John Samuelsen that the state is fulfilling its comment. At an MTA board meeting on Wednesday, the authority's chief financial officer Robert Foran pitched a different solution that's sure to infuriate every straphanger in the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to pay for the proposed MTA emergency action plan.

While MTA Chairman Joe Lhota told the New York Post details about station corporate sponsorships are still being ironed out, he did say the initiative would be akin to adopt-a-highway programs.

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On Tuesday, Lhota urged the state and the city to share the cost.

De Blasio has skewered Cuomo for letting the century-old system break down as he allocates money for it elsewhere, and the governor's terse statement noting Lhota's plan briefly before turning his attention to a plan for a Gateway Tunnel.

"After the stabilizing plan, a long-term plan will require an additional capital investment of approximately $8 billion", he said. "Today, I am making the state's funds available to begin the transformation of the MTA", Cuomo said. Although he did not mention de Blasio by name, Cuomo suggested that the city needed to step up and commit to funding the other 50 percent of the funding for the short-term improvements.

"There is no time for delay, and there is no tolerance for a lack of commitment on this issue. The fundamental responsibility of government is to respond in a timely and effective way when people need help".

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"I emphasize always: The state of NY controls the MTA and the state of NY needs to own up to its responsibilities because it controls the MTA", Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his own press conference yesterday.

Cuomo, speaking at a breakfast with business leaders in midtown Manhattan, said the state's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is developing a "subway partnership program" that would invite companies to sponsor stations. This comes after recent train derailments in Harlem and in Brooklyn.

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The subway system dates to 1904.

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