August 2, 2017: INSIDE THE HEARINGS

An inside look at the upcoming transit hearings and reaching an end to our on-going days of delays.  Plus, an exclusive from NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

TRANSCRIPT

> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

I'M JACK FORD.

AS PART OF OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE, DAYS OF DELAYS, WE'RE TAKING AN EXTENSIVE LOOK AT THE TRANSIT PROBLEMS ENGULFING OUR CITY AND THE IMPACT IT HAS ON THE RIDERS.

STATS OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED THERE SUMMER.

IT'S COMING IN AT A COST OF MORE JOE UNVEILED THE PLAN PROMISING COMMUTERS EXTENSIVE REPAIRS, ADDED PERSONNEL AND BETTER COMMUNICATIONS.

DELAYS HAVE ATTRACTED THE ATTENTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED HEARING FROM MID-AUGUST TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS.

WE'RE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME THE CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE.

NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

THANK YOU.

YOU AND I WERE TALKING A FEW MOMENTS AGO.

YOU HAD AN INTERESTING OBSERVATION ABOUT THE SIZE OF SUBWAY PROGRAM HERE AND HOW IT'S NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.

FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU.

THE REALITY IS THE MTA IS THE LARGEST TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW SYSTEMS THAT IS RUNNING 24 HOURS.

THAT ALSO CONNECT WITH ALL THE MUNICIPALITIES WHERE MIDDLE, UPPER AND WORKING CLASS LIVE.

SO, REALITY THAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS TODAY SUCH AS THE ONE IN TOKYO AND CANADA, HONG KONG, WE WANT TO BE THERE.

WE WANT TO TAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO THE 21st CENTURY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR COMMITTEE AND THE HEARING.

WHAT ARE YOU HOPING WILL COME FROM THE HEARING?

WE HOPE THE MTA WILL COME EXPLAINING WITH DETAILS AND HOW WE ARE TAKING THIS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TO THE 21st CENTURY.

WHAT IS THE ANSWER THAT I HAD TO ALL THOSE QUESTIONS THAT IS TAKING NEW YORK IS TO BE SO FRUSTRATING.

I TAKE THE TRAIN EVERY DAY AND WE HAVE SEEN HOW WE DON'T KNOW WHEN WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING TO A DOCTOR APPOINTMENT.

WHEN WE'RE GOING TO GET TO OUR JOBS.

THE CITY AND THE STATE WE HAVE EMBRACING PROJECT.

WE TOOK 42nd STREET TO BE AN AREA IN THE '80S AND '90s, WE HAVE A LOT OF PROSTITUTION AND CRIME.

WE CAN DO THAT WITH MTA.

ANSWER NOT ONLY ON THE PLAN THAT PUT ON THE TABLE BUT ALSO THE LONG TERM PLAN ON HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE MODERNIZING THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

LET ME TALK ABOUT THE DIVISION OF POWERS, IF YOU WOULD HERE.

I SUSPECT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED BECAUSE WE OFTEN SEE CITY OFFICIALS POINTING AND SAYING IT'S THE STATE'S PROBLEM.

WE HAVE SEEN THE GOVERNOR AND STATE OFFICIALS SAYING NO, NO, THE CITY IS IN ON THIS PROBLEM BE US.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT THE SUBWAY SYSTEM IS EXPERIENCING?

THE MTA BOARD IS AN INDEPENDENT CORPORATION THAT MOST OF THE MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR EVEN THOUGH THE MAYOR ALSO THEY HAVE FEW SEAT ON THE BOARD.

ALSO THE GOVERNOR IS THE ONE --

THAT'S WHY WE HEAR PEOPLE SAY THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE REALLY HAS MORE POWER BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE SEATS ON THE BOARD?

THEY HAVE MORE SEATS ON THE BOARD AND APPOINT THE PERSON THAT WILL BE THE LEADER OF THE MTA.

IT'S NOT ONLY IN NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT.

I CONNECT THE ISLAND TO CONNECTICUT AND LONGER.

THAT'S WHY IN THIS TIME, WE HAD TO TAKE ADVANTAGE NOT ONLY TO BRING IMMEDIATE SOLUTION WHEN IT COME TO THE MAIN UPGRADING THE TRANSPORTATION SIGNAL.

ALSO HOW WE GOING TO BE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE MTA GOING MORE DIGITAL.

HOW CAN WE ALSO HAVE MORE PERMANENT REVENUE, RAISE MORE REVENUE SO THAT THE MTA, THEY WOULD HAVE AN ISSUE OF FUNDING.

THEY ALREADY HAVE 30 YEAR.

L.A., THEY ALSO HAVE A LONG TERM PLAN.

I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HAVE OUR 20, 30-YEAR PLAN WHERE WE SHOULD SAY PRIVATE, PUBLIC AND -- PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR, TOGETHER WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RAISE AT LEAST $40 BILLION THAT WE CAN SAY THE MONEY THERE.

NOW WE QUESTION ABOUT WHO IS WITH THE MTA THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BUDGET.

THE VALUE ACCESS OF THE MTA IS $1 TRILLION.

THIS IS NOT LIKE A SMALL ENTITY.

THIS IS ABOUT ENTITY THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OR THE REAL ESTATE VALUE THEY CONTROL OR BE MORE DIGITAL SO THEY CAN RAISE MORE MONEY TO PUT A PLAN TOGETHER WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR THEY ALSO CAN ADOPT STATIONS.

I THINK THAT WORKING TOGETHER WE WILL BE TAKING THE MTA.

WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

THE NOTION OF A LONG TERM PLAN.

I MENTIONED IN THE INTRODUCTION THAT A SHORT TERM PLAN COSTING MORE THAN $800 MILLION.

DO WE KNOW ENOUGH YET ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THAT PLAN TO BE ABLE TO ASSESS ITS VIABILITY?

THEY ARE -- I WILL SAY THE PLAN HAS GOOD DETAILS.

THE PLAN WILL FOCUS RIGHT NOW ON THE MAINING AND UPGRADING THE THE SCHEDULE THAT THE MTA HAS TODAY TO COMPLETE THE UPGRADING TRANSPORTATION SIGNAL IS BY 2045.

WE HAVE SEEN HOW LA GUARDIA IS GOING TO RENOVATION.

NEW YORK IS SAYING THE BRIDGE HAS BEEN BUILT.

WE SHOULD HAVE PLAN TO UPGRADE THE TRANSPORTATION SIGNAL IN THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS.

OUR HOPE, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME HERE.

I HOPE WE CAN GET YOU BACK AFTER YOUR HEARING.

THANK YOU.

I WANT TO PUT AN EXCLUSIVE TO YOU WHICH IS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, TOGETHER, WE'RE FAMILY DINNERS WHO SHARE THE COMMITTEE WHO OVERSEE THE MTA.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A 24 HOUR TOUR THROUGH THE TRAINING STATIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO BE SPENDING THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 7:00 IN THE MORNING TO 7:00 P.M.

STOPPING AT MANY TRAIN CONNECTIONS TO CONNECT WITH NEW YORKERS AND DOCUMENT THE REALITY OF TRAIN STATION SO WE CAN HAVE A BETTER IDEA ON HOW TO TAKE THE SYSTEM TO WHERE NEW YORK IS IN THE TOURIST THEY DESERVE.

THAT'S GREAT.

HOPE YOU'LL COME BACK AND PASS ON WHAT YOU'RE SEEING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

Funders

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