Where Transportation Plans Go to Die

ALBANY—Unable thus far to agree on what steps to take in order to avert an impending public-transportation catastrophe, Albany’s leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol shortly before noon on March 31 confident, at least, of what wasn’t going to happen.
“The framework I see is that the Senate has really eliminated what my choice would be, which would be to have the tolls,” said Governor David Paterson, referring to a plan to raise money by tolling East River crossings in Manhattan. “If that’s the case, then we’re going to have to try to find alternative ways to come up with several hundred million dollars that would replace what would have been the revenues generated by the tolls.