Subway rally

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Brooklyn Borough Pres. Eric Adams Holds Rally To Support Funding For Subway Repairs

June 28, 2018 - 1:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- State lawmakers and transit advocates rallied at Borough Hall Station in Brooklyn Thursday morning in support of improving the city’s subway system.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports, a ceiling collapsed at the station where the rally was held last week, in which one woman was injured on the platform. 

Now, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says the event is a clear message that the subway needs to be fixed immediately.

“In this station here, $40 million in capital improvement did not happen,” Adams said at the station. “The check has yet to come.”

The rally was held to put pressure on Albany to fund the MTA’s $19 billion fast-forward plan, which will include initiatives to modernize train signals and fix collapsing stations.

“We need billions of dollars in capital and it is time to say ‘enough is enough,’ ” said State Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-26th district) said. “We need all parties, the state and the city, to come together for a plan that fixes the system.”

Kavanagh said that congestion pricing would help the costs by generate millions of dollars from drivers in Midtown, but the proposal faces opposition in both houses of the legislature.

Just last week, the legislative session concluded without a funding plan to fix the subways.