Last week’s article about elected officials blaming South Brooklyn’s transit issues on the federal government revealed that rookie Congressman Max Rose has a lot to learn about how federal transit dollars flow to the MTA and are locally managed. Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and is growing over past decades.
When a crisis occurred, be it 9/11 or Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Washington was there. Additional billions in assistance above and beyond yearly allocations from the Federal Transit Administration were provided.
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided billions more. Both the MTA and city benefited from these programs.
The Federal Transit Administration will provide $7 billion to the current $32 billion Five Year Capital Plan. It is the MTA's decision on how much is spent on transportation projects that benefit South Brooklyn residents.
Has Rose asked the MTA to program significant future local, state and federal funding for South Brooklyn projects in the upcoming Five Year Capital Plan? This document is due to be released in October.
Or what about asking Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislature to do the same in their next budgets as well?