On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced it would offer fare discounts to another set of commuters who are facing a different transit headache. When Pennsylvania Station in New York undergoes major track repairs in July, the Long Island Rail Road will offer commuters whose trains are diverted to other stations an average discount of about 25 percent, officials said.
The discounts will apply to all Long Island Rail Road passengers traveling to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and Hunters Point Avenue in Queens. The railroad started offering discounted monthly tickets at vending machines on Tuesday.
But the move prompted Eric L. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, to urge Mr. Cuomo to press for subway riders to also receive a discount during disruptive repairs on the subway system. “We cannot have two different ways of treating commuters amid this ongoing transit crisis,” Mr. Adams said in a statement.
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who might be considering a presidential run in 2020, has faced growing pressure to address skyrocketing subway delays. On Tuesday, John Raskin, the executive director of the Riders Alliance, a transit advocacy group, said that Mr. Cuomo must move quickly to deliver a plan to improve service.
“Does Governor Cuomo want to be the leader who let our state’s most basic infrastructure fall apart on his watch?” Mr. Raskin asked in a statement.
As the subway system reaches a crisis point, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has not had a permanent leader since January. It is not clear if Mr. Cuomo will appoint a new chairman and chief executive to run the agency before the current legislative session ends on Wednesday.
On Monday night, the State Senate confirmed seven people to serve on the authority’s board, including two new members: Scott Rechler, a former vice chairman at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Carl Weisbrod, a former chairman of the New…