Wanted: Legislators Willing to Do Unpopular Things to Save Public Transportation

ALBANY—Ads like this urging state legislators to do something about the M.T.A.’s $1.2 billion deficit will start appearing in 3,000 subway cars this week.
The ad campaign is funded by the Empire State Transportation Alliance, a coalition of groups hoping to avoid service cuts adopted in December by the M.T.A. under what they are calling a “doomsday” scenario.
Legislators are set to discuss that deficit—including the recommendations of the commission headed by former M.T.A. director Richard Ravitch—this week. State senators will meet Wednesday with M.T.A. officials, who headed up to Albany this morning. Members of the Assembly majority conference are also talking about it this week, several members said.

Wanted: Legislators Willing to Do Unpopular Things to Save Public Transportation