It was Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York State
He also formed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and saved the Long Island Railroad
Robert Moses was a double-edged sword. He built a lot of great things and destroyed a lot of great things at the same time.
Moses was one of the contributing factors to the rapid decline of commuter rail in the New York City metropolitan area in the 1950’s and 1960s. Just when state governments were starting to warm up to the idea of subsidies, Moses would use his power to block funding of any type to the railroads. To understand his attitude towards commuter rail, his mantra was more or less, “The public should not be providing funds to benefit private for-profit corporations.” Never mind that the private for-profit corporations were providing a necessary service. There would be no direct subsidy until he was out of power.
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