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The State of the MTA: Crowded

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This morning, MTA Executive Director Lee Sander gave the first ever State of the MTA address. However, despite RSVP'ing last week, I wasn't able to make it inside, along with a bunch of other heartbroken transit enthusiasts. Bummer. Above are some shots of the huddled masses gathered outside of Cooper Union's Great Hall moments before we were turned away.

If you, like me, weren't able to make it inside, you can check out the speech in its entirety on NY1.com. Sander announced $30 million in new service changes this year, including:

  • A new bus route, the M13, which will go from the Lower East Side to Midtown

  • Increased service on the G, 1, 4, 6, and 7 trains

  • Sustainable initiatives like more hybrid electric buses

  • New focus on transit-oriented development

Cityroom has more on the grand plans.
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