“I don’t think that we can take the capital plan, the road and bridge plan, the added deficit, and resolve all those issues in time to avert a very severe fare hike and service cuts to all the people who use transit in the M.T.A. region.” – New York Governor David Paterson (via Politicker)
The Ravitch Plan was released on December 4th, 2008. You had five months to “resolve all those issues,” Governor Paterson.
How much longer will it take before there’s a viable proposal to fund the MTA’s capital plan? Considering Albany’s track record, we’ll fall back into a 1970s-era subway system first.