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Cardboard Cuomo Rides the Rails to Share Pain of Everyday Commuters

By Katie Honan | July 10, 2015 12:58pm | Updated on July 13, 2015 8:24am

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It's not likely the Queens-bred Gov. Cuomo will be spotted on a rush-hour 7 train, so a group of transit advocates decided to bring their own.

Members of the Riders Alliance brought a cardboard cut-out of a smirky Cuomo aboard trains throughout the city to bring awareness to the MTA's Capital Plan, which needs his approval. 

It may be the closest many straphangers will ever get to the governor, so they told his cut-out version how they felt about the MTA and their commutes.

"We need to stop raising up the prices on the trains, man," one rider told the cutout, while playfully hitting it with some papers. 

"Overcrowded, they don't work all the time, and they always have announcement saying that they have an investigation, they stop, and I'm always late to work," another rider said. He had his arm around the cutout's shoulder, like a good friend. 

Advocates also asked riders for suggestions on where Cardboard Cuomo should ride next — and were given answers that include the L train at 8:20 a.m. and the 2/5 to Brooklyn College "to sit in the tunnel going nowhere." 

"We think that if he takes the train every single morning with us during rush hour, he would immediately fund the MTA capital plan," advocate Jess Nizar said.

What train would you like to see Cardboard Cuomo take next?