Cuomo declares MTA 'state of emergency' as New York transit failures pile up



Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared on Thursday that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in a "state of emergency," as issues continue to plague New Jersey Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and New York subway system.

The declaration comes after yet another morning of commuting woes. On Thursday, a power issue left hundreds of Long Island Rail Road commuters stranded outside Penn Station for two hours, NBC New York reported.

Cuomo is giving his newly appointed MTA chairman, Joseph Lhota, 60 days to assess capital needs for cars, tracks, and signals. Cuomo also said he will add $1 billion to the MTA capital plan.

Cuomo ultimately controls the funding of the state-operated MTA. He is responsible for appointing six out of 14 MTA board members, giving him a plurality of votes.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker enters a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
MTA workers work to repair the tracks following yesterday's train derailment at 125th Street Subway Station in Harlem on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo by Anthony DelMundo/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, June 27, 2017 -- A staff member of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stands guard at the entrance of 125 Street Station in Harlem, New York, the United States on June 27, 2017. At least 34 people were injured from a subway derailment in upper Manhattan of New York city Tuesday morning, fire officials said. (Xinhua/Yang Shilong via Getty Images)
MTA workers work to repair the tracks following yesterday's train derailment at 125th Street Subway Station in Harlem on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (Photo by Anthony DelMundo/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, June 27, 2017 -- Rescuers stand by near the site of a subway derailment in Harlem, New York, the United States, on June 27, 2017. At least 34 people were injured from a subway derailment in upper Manhattan of New York City Tuesday morning, fire officials said. (Xinhua/Xu Keshuang via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: An Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker grabs a glove while entering a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers stand outside of a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Firefighters walk near a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Firefighters walk near a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Firefighters walk near a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: An Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker stands near a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker enters a Harlem subway station where a morning train derailment occurred on June 27, 2017 in New York City. Thirty-four people suffered minor injuries in the subway derailment which causes major delays throughout the morning and afternoon. This is the latest incident for the MTA, the largest subway system in the country, and has city officials scrambling to make repairs and updates to the aging system. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Amtrak is set to begin long-overdue rail repairs at Penn Station in just a few weeks. The LIRR and NJ Transit both run on tracks along the Northeast Corridor, which Amtrak owns. Heavy delays along the lines are expected once work begins.

Cuomo has taken heat from New York commuters who feel he has neglected existing transit options while setting aside funding for massive infrastructure projects, like a train to LaGuardia Airport.

There have been several issues plaguing the MTA as of late:

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