This You Know: As the Subways Go, So Goes the New York Economy. So What Are the Governor, Sheldon Silver and the M.T.A. Doing About It? ‘Until You Have an Agreement,’ Says Gov. Paterson, ‘You Don’t Know.’
By Jimmy Vielkind
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.
By Eliot Brown
It was, apparently, too good to last. After years of improving performance and reliability, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week approved a set of extreme service cuts and a massive 25 percent fare hike. Should no new money come from the Legislature in Albany, entire lines would be cut, stations would grow dirtier and fewer booth operators would be around to help.