New signals for the aging subway system, despite a new push from the M.T.A.’s top leadership, may be still be lingering distantly in the future.
Early Saturday morning, the New York State Assembly and Senate put the finishing touches on a far-reaching $168 billion budget–one with significant impacts for downstate transportation.
In addition to inspecting its own equipment, Con Edison, by an unusual ruling of the New York Public Service Commission, is being compelled to perform maintenance and upgrades on subway electrical equipment owned by the M.T.A.
On Friday morning, and again on Monday evening, smoke conditions caused delays for commuters.
Joe Lhota, chairman of the MTA in 2012, has been reconfirmed to the position by the New York State Senate, after being nominated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a press release calling for two new seats on the MTA’s board, which would be controlled by the Governor.
Late Monday night, several new MTA board members were confirmed by the New York State Senate.