"Every year, millions of dollars are spent for planning studies to research the potential for new transportation capital investments and system expansion. Cuomo's own State Department of Transportation, state sponsored Metropolitan Planning Organizations in every major urbanized area including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. This serves NYC, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. The MTA along with each operating agency including NYC Transit, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road and MTA Bus, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of City Planning, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Regional Plan Association periodically conducts transportation planning feasibility studies. Collectively, every decade a complete inventory of all these agencies would reveal dozens and dozens of transportation studies worth close to $100 million in costs have been completed. Funding for these studies comes from a variety of sources including city, state and federal."
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