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Cardboard Cuomo Sends His Regrets to Transit Riders for Shortchanging MTA

In October, Governor Cuomo pledged to allocate $8.3 billion in state support for the MTA capital program, which maintains and upgrades the region's transit system.

But when Cuomo released his executive budget a few months later, it contained no new money for the capital program. Instead, the state now says it will only deliver its funding until the MTA has exhausted all options and revenue from other sources. The Riders Alliance warns that without the funding that Cuomo promised, the MTA could be forced to delay essential maintenance and borrow more, causing fare hikes and the deterioration of service.

Naturally, there was only one thing to do. The Riders Alliance brought back Cardboard Cuomo for an apology tour to "interact" with riders and tell them he's sorry he didn't come through with a budget that supports transit.

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • Joe R.

    And yet Cuomo won't even let the MTA pursue a funding option like congestion pricing or MoveNY.

  • Some Asshole

    That's just disrespectful to his TransAm.

  • Miles Bader

    More human than the real Cuomo?

  • E.

    It may be disrespectful, but he has helped ruin the 55% of trips in NYC that are already done by Public Transit!