Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday threatened to take the air out of NYC Transit President Andy Byford’s plan to save the city’s subway system.
The governor told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s next five-year capital program that runs from 2020 through 2024 will receive $30 billion in funding, a sharp cut from the $33.2 billion put up for the current five-year capital program, which expires at the end of the year.
“It’s not what Byford wanted, it’s not what [LIRR President Phil] Eng wanted, it’s not what [Metro-North Railroad President Catherine] Rinaldi wanted,” Cuomo said of the funding. “They wanted more money, more money, more money.”
Cuomo’s budget director Robert Mujica said in March that the MTA’s next capital plan is expected to need $40 billion. A major chunk of that money would pay for the first half of Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan to overhaul the city’s transit system. Byford’s plan is expected to cost at least $40 billion on its own over the next 10 years.