They Have a Say Over the Subways, From Hundreds of Miles Away

Peter W. Herman, who later became chairman of the Regional Plan Association, wrote in an article in 1970 for a law review journal that the creation of the transportation agency was “certainly a high-water mark in outside control over what was once a municipally owned and operated transit system.”

Mr. Herman, who stepped down as chairman of the planning group in 2010, was asked recently if the city’s transportation system was at the mercy of upstate lawmakers, Mr. Herman said, “It absolutely is, and always has been.”

“I don’t know why a Republican legislature is so ignorant or selfish,’’ he added. “Maybe, that they don’t understand the economy of the entire state will be harmed if New York City’s own economy is harmed.”

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