State to fund half of NYC subway plan: Cuomo

State to fund half of NYC subway plan: Cuomo

State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, have struggled to come to terms over the crisis. The 30 bullet points he outlined include subway repairs, longer trains and more workers.

Cuomo told Lhota and Transport Workers Union 100 President John Samuelsen that the state is fulfilling its comment.

During his speech, he said that the MTA needs help from its partners too, including the NYPD, the FDNY and Con Edison.

A poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday found that 40% of city voters who think the subway is "poor" and "not so good" mainly blame Cuomo. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said it was the first phase of a larger subway action plan to modernize the system.

In January, Cuomo led the inaugural ride of the new Second Avenue subway line, and in previous years has ordered the closure of the city's transit system amid pending storms. The city has already offered $2.5 billion towards the MTA's five-year, $32 billion capital plan.

"New York State has invested heavily in the MTA", Cuomo continued. New Yorkers need help, and they need it now. "I want Mr. Lhota and Mr. Samuelsen to know today I'm making the state's funds available to begin the transformation of the MTA". Despite a recent back and forth with Mayor Bill de Blasio over funding, Cuomo struck a tone of partnership in his speech.

Riders who live in Brooklyn are the most frustrated with the system out of all New York City residents, with 52 percent rating the system as poor, compared to 42 percent of Queens residents, 38 percent of people from the Bronx, and 39 percent of Manhattanites. The MTA proposes splitting the cost 50-50 between the state and the city, but de Blasio has dug in his heels and believes the city should not have to pay for the vast array of improvements. "But before he asks hardworking New York City taxpayers to kick in more, the governor should return the money he siphoned away from MTA riders, re-allocate the money he's using to light up bridges, and fulfill his $1 billion promise".

"It was clearly the sense of the board that we need to replace the biennial fare increases with a new stream of revenue", Mr. Lhota said in an interview.

The rescue plan includes a pilot program to remove seats on at least two lines to cram more passengers into each vehicle, which has attracted scathing commentary.

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