May 11, 2018: Back to the Basics

At the March 2012 MTA board meeting, Richard Downer did something unusual. A representative for Alstom, a major MTA contractor on subway car equipment, Downer addressed the board during the public speaker period, which is usually the time when transit activists, advocates, enthusiasts, or downright kooks give their two cents. He urged them to delay voting on a $600 million subway car order that his company bid on but didn’t get. The MTA was recommending Bombardier get the contract instead.

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