Regarding Larry Penner's letter ("Temporary Fix" – 10/26), foldable seats are
not the MTA's worst problem in need of fixing, stupid financial decisions are.
Instead of spending $573 million to eliminate MetroCards, the MTA should use the money to fix its broken subways. Why create a new fare payment system when the service we get isn't worth what we pay.
New York City Transit chief Tim Mulligan warned the MTA's $836 million turnaround program may have to be cut back without full funding; $573 million would cover a big chunk of that amount.
Alcohol ads, which the MTA recently banned, also provide vital funds. The MTA must allow them because its poor service drives most riders to drink.
Kew Gardens Hills