City officials want state to fund MTA's Fast Forward Plan

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City officials are calling on the state to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Fast Forward Plan after a subway station ceiling collapse last week.

Video captured by a viewer last Wednesday shows piles of rubble covering the subway platform floor and the ceiling above caved in. It happened around 3 p.m. at the station near Borough Hall, right as the rush-hour commute was about to get underway. One woman was hurt but refused medical attention.

The MTA president said water damage and peeling paint may have led to the collapse since it's such an old station.

On Thursday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stood alongside other city leaders, saying the Borough Hall station is the oldest in Brooklyn, with the third-highest ridership in the borough, and has been in a state of disrepair for several years. They called on the state to fully fund the MTA's $19 billion Fast Forward Plan.

Officials say the plan would allow the MTA to make needed repairs at more than 150 stations, reducing the time it would take from 40 years to 10.

News 12 did not immediately hear back from the governor's office for comment.

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