Transit State’s funding of MTA budget protested by transit advocates Chelsea Yamada, with the Riders Alliance, attempts to use a satirical fare card at the Bowling Green subway station in Manhattan on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, to protest what the group says is the state's failure to fully fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's capital program. Members of Straphangers Campaign also participated in the protest. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle By William Murphy email@example.com Updated March 23, 2016 10:42 AM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Mass transit advocates tried without success Wednesday morning to purchase MetroCards with IOUs to protest what they said was the state’s failure to fully fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital program. Members of the Riders Alliance and Straphangers Campaign presented their IOUs at the Bowling Green stop of the Lexington Avenue subway line. “The IOU doesn’t work,” Macarthney Morris, 33, of Astoria, said as he tried to slip his protest sign into a MetroCard vending machine. The protesters then crossed the street to testify at the monthly meeting of the MTA board. The state plans to contribute $7.3 billion toward the remaining four years of the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has said he will release the money only as it becomes needed. Cuomo has said through spokespersons that the state will meet its commitment to the capital budget, which funds long-term projects such as the Second Avenue Subway and the purchase of new buses and subway cars. By William Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Murphy has been a reporter at Newsday since 1986. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.