While I already spoke at length about the inevitable fate of the fare hike and everyone’s reaction to it, one statement stuck out like a sore thumb. John Liu, City Council member from Queens and the head of the transportation committee, had this to say:
There’s no need for any fare increase of any kind now. The MTA needs to drop this arrogant effort to hike the fares and instead get down to the real business of running our mass transit system, of fixing stations, of terror-proofing the subways, of installing communications capabilities, and maintaining the storm drainage systems.
What? How is the MTA supposed to run a mass transit system if they don’t have money? How are they supposed to fix stations and magically terror-proof the subways without the funds to do so? Ponder that one, Mr. Liu, while you receive the inaugural edition of the Dumbest Statement of the Day Award from Second Ave. Sagas. Of all the responses to the fare hike, this one takes the cake.