In the previous entry, I wrote about Gov. Patterson clearly understanding the need for the state to invest in its infrastructure, especially mass transit. During his first State of the State address, he made it clear that the state needs to invest in mass transit including the completion of such major projects as East Side Access, & the Second Avenue Subway. Transit advocates, bloggers, etc… were not the only ones pleased with Gov. Patterson’s message. The MTA was delighted to hear the governor express the need to invest in mass transit & a properly funded MTA. Bobby Cuza of NY1 has more in this report:
It was music to the MTA’s ears Wednesday as Governor Paterson outlined his recommendations for the city’s transit system in his first State of the State address.
“We’re going to have to negotiate and eventually pass the recommendations of the Ravitch Commission, which addresses one of our central infrastructures, the MTA,” said Paterson.
Those recommendations, put forward last month by a commission headed by former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch, could resolve much of the MTA’s financial crisis and avert a huge fare increase being planned for this summer. MTA officials said the fact Paterson singled out the plan in his speech was an encouraging sign.
“I was delighted. The governor’s been great, in terms of supporting the mta and called for the ravitch commission, and just was thrilled that he mentioned it in the state of the state,” said MTA Executive Director & CEO Lee Sander.
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While it is good to hear that the MTA was delighted with yesterday’s message, lets just hope our state legislatures get the wake up call to get us moving in the right direction. March 25th is not that far away so time is of the essence. We know that, do they & most importantly do they really care? We all shall see soon enough.
xoxo Transit Blogger