Move NY Fair Plan seeks to reduce congestion, create dedicated source of funding for MTA, City Transit
When state Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez took up a microphone last Thursday and introduced the Move NY Fair Plan from beneath the 125th Street train station in Harlem, his voice echoed that of past politicians, former mayors and city activists who, for decades, have been seeking a solution to the city’s myriad transit problems. But past failures to reform may come as an advantage to advocates, who say this particular plan has the best fighting chance so far.
Rodriguez, who introduced bill A09633 into the state Assembly last week, decried the city’s crumbling infrastructure, the dangerous and exhaust-choked side streets of residential neighborhoods and the frustration of trying to reform the world’s most complicated public transit system. “This city is bulging at the seams,” he said.
One simply needed to glance around to understand what he meant. As the Metro North rattled above, chips of cement rained down to dust the shoulders of politicians, while the incessant honking of cars and a steady stream of pedestrians jaywalking through the intersection ensured that the press conference was a lively one.