Home Asides Chuck to the rescue, hopefully

Chuck to the rescue, hopefully

by Benjamin Kabak

Now that President-elect Barack Obama has guaranteed $20 billion for national rail projects, Sen. Chuck Schumer is ready to go to bat for New York and the MTA. Schumer hopes to draw in $4 billion for beleaguered transit agency. This money would probably go toward the capital budget and would fund system expansion and upgrade plans.

You may also like


rhywun December 29, 2008 - 5:30 pm

Cool! The SAS can go south another 30 blocks.

Adam G December 29, 2008 - 7:48 pm

That’s great, but what about getting some recurring revenue from the Feds for the MTA operating budget? It’s long past time to end the funding disparity between highways which are funded in good times and bad, and rail, which has to beg and scrape for funds even during boom times.

Marc Shepherd December 29, 2008 - 9:19 pm

I do not think the Feds should fund the MTA operating budget. New York is a comparatively affluent state. If we fail to properly fund our own transit system, why should the residents of other states subsidize us?

Federal highway funding, it should be noted, is for construction.

Second Ave. Sagas | A New York City Subway Blog » Blog Archive » » No matter what, a fare hike is coming December 30, 2008 - 1:24 am

[…] 2nd Ave. Subway History « Chuck to the rescue, hopefully […]

Alon Levy December 31, 2008 - 10:04 am

The second article you link to seems to have serious problem with the West Side IRT:

“[Schumer] also said he’s pushing for up to $4 billion for mass transit to help with infrastructure projects like the seventh avenue subway and to help create jobs.”


Leave a Comment