M.T.A.: Deadline Is March 25. Seriously.

ALBANY—The M.T.A. board just wrapped up a special board meeting in midtown Manhattan to emphasize that the March 25 deadline they set for a bailout from Albany to avoid implementing the “doomsday” budget is absolutely real. 
Transit advocates—including the Empire State Transportation Alliance, which has also been lobbying in Albany—testified about the need to act as quickly as possible as people holding signs urged action in the State Senate.
Yesterday, Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith accused the M.T.A. of “holding the public hostage” by pushing a deadline he has called “questionable.”
“As guardians of the transit system that is the lifeblood of the region’s economy, we cannot and will not allow it to wither on critical maintenance and repairs,” said M.