#march9# Council Transportation Committee hearing on the MTA, I questioned Chairman Joe Lhota on the authority's priorities in Astoria and across our city. The MTA has shown a blatant disregard for our community by implementing the Enhanced Station Initiative project which has shutdown entire subway stations for merely cosmetic improvements. While the MTA is spending hundreds of millions on this project, it has made no plans to actually improve subway service for riders by making long-term infrastructure upgrades to signals, trackwork, or adding elevators at stations for people with disabilities or parents with strollers. It is shameful that Chairman Lhota could not answer my question asking for a breakdown of costs between long-term structural improvements and cosmetic improvements at these stations. It is also embarrassing that the MTA could not provide us with a citywide plan to improve accessibility at subway stations, almost 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I will continue to demand answers from the MTA. Our community deserves better than an MTA with no accountability to its subway riders.