Cuomo announces 'adopt-a-station' plan for NYC subways

Will the MTA's Subway Rescue Plan Work?

Derailments in the last two months forced the evacuation Friday of 135 passengers and left 36 people with minor injuries in June when two subway cars careened off the tracks, leaving hundreds of people stuck for more than an hour.

The public feud over the subway continued Wednesday, with Transport Workers Union Local 100 releasing a campaign-style television advertisement criticizing Mr.de Blasio for not agreeing to finance the plan.

According to The Post, "City Hall responded by claiming that its pledge to fund $2.5 billion of the MTA's current five-year, $32.5 billion capital plan was "unprecedented" and 'far in excess of any legal obligation.' Lhota has said he will ask the city for additional cash once he finalizes a 30-day review of the subway crisis by the end of this week".

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

Cuomo ordered an investigation of the Con Edison infrastructure in the subway system in April, after a power failure in midtown Manhattan snagged morning commuters.

"New York State has invested heavily in the MTA", Cuomo continued. "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".

"There is no time for delay, and there is no tolerance for a lack of commitment on this issue". Cuomo, who controls the authority, has agreed to pay for the rest, but Mr.de Blasio has resisted giving the authority more money. New Yorkers need help, and they need it now.

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.

"Our city's private and nonprofit sectors have expertise and resources that will supplement what government is doing, bring innovative ideas and expand support for the tough steps that are needed to modernize the system and generate more revenues", Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of Partnership for New York City, said in a statement.

Samuelsen says de Blasio could move to allocate a fraction of the city's $4 billion surplus in taxpayer money. "The NYC Subway Action Plan marks the beginning of a new chapter for the MTA and provides an opportunity to stabilize and improve the system and lay the foundation for modernization".

Lhota this week unveiled a plan to fix the subways that includes adding cars on trains to ease overcrowding, removing seats from some cars to increase capacity and prioritizing door maintenance.

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