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MTA’s Lhota: ‘Hold Us Accountable’ on Subway Overhaul

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota charted the authority’s progress in addressing near-term and long-term issues with New York City’s subways. Among other improvements, major track incidents have dropped by 37% since last summer, Lhota told the Association for a Better New York.

However, he added, “I’m not going to be satisfied until the riders see it, feel it, understand it, so that the system is back to the system that all New Yorkers deserve.” He told the ABNY audience, “You’re going to have to hold us accountable. We know what we need to do.”

With 800-plus miles of track, New York’s subway system is the world’s most complex, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told ABNY. It faces the twin dilemmas of record ridership and long-deferred upkeep. Maintenance is “always the first thing to go in the budget,” said Cuomo. “And now the chickens are coming home to roost.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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