One-seat ride

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Today’s show took us out to Long Island. We talked with WNYC’s own Andrea Bernstein, as well as Bruce Lambert, Long Island correspondent of The New York Times, discussing Governor Pataki’s formal request to President Bush to re-allocate several billion dollars in federal funding. Originally, the funds were allocated for the purpose of rebuilding Lower Manhattan after the World Trade Center attack, but the Governor now wants the money applied to a new tunnel and rail link from Lower Manhattan to JFK airport. The advantage of the idea is that it gives passengers a one-seat train ride from Manhattan to the airport; the train would also make it easier for Long Island commuters to get to the city without changing trains.

Is this a good use of money that was supposed to help rebuild the area around the World Trade Center? Tell us what you think.