The future of nearly every major mass-transit system in the US is on the line in Albany when the New York State Legislature finalizes a budget at the end of this month.

That's what Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman and CEO Janna Lieber told GlobeSt. when we got a few minutes this week to ask him about the state of NYC's subway system.

Lieber was the featured speaker on Wednesday at an event celebrating the recent opening of Grand Central Madison, a new connection with the Long Island Railroad that opened earlier this month and already has increased by 25% ridership on LIRR to New York's grandest railway station.

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