While the subway continues to decay and LIRR riders suffer as Penn Station tracks undergo repairs, where’s the MTA spending money? Decorative lights for bridges, approximately $40 million so far and as much as $200-$300 million in total. Gov. Cuomo touted the project as an innovative tourist attraction, though his office denies that the MTA will be on the hook for it.
After weeks of silence about the state of mass transit, this finally provoked Mayor Bill de Blasio to finally criticize Cuomo, drawing a nasty rebuke from Cuomo’s spokesman. Riders are increasingly sick of inaction and rate both politicians poorly on the issue. The Week commentator Ryan Cooper even suggested that Gov. Cuomo’s handling of the crisis could lead to a primary challenge in 2018.