“I just heard from a young mother who was stuck in the recent meltdown during the heatwave and was an hour late to pick up her young child from childcare," Vieira said. "That was not only stressful but she had to pay more for overtime.”
“No one can afford for the next capital program to shortchange subway and bus riders,” said Colin Wright, an associate at TransitCenter.
“If Gov. Cuomo funds the budget with 50 accessible stations, modern subway signaling, and new cars, riders will spend less time stuck on the platform and more time with their families and friends,” Wright said.
The groups will collect the survey responses via text and at a website dubbed CuomosMTA.com. They’ll send the responses to the MTA next month, just before agency officials finally release a draft of the capital plan.
MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said the agency’s capital planning process is “careful and thorough” and that it takes public feedback into account.