MTA Chair Joseph Lhota called Mayor Michael Bloomberg today to apologize for saying in an interview that the mayor estimated the subway restoration plans “like an idiot” during Hurricane Sandy.

The comments surfaced in an interview with The New York Times about the subway’s restoration:

The [Queens-Midtown] tunnel could open Friday, he told Mr. Glaser, remarking that Mr. Bloomberg, “like an idiot,” had predicted publicly that the tunnel might open over the weekend. “He’s making it up,” he said, after a brief hail of profanity in which Mr. Lhota wondered aloud who, exactly, Mr. Bloomberg had been talking to.

The article also notes that Bloomberg estimated that subway service may not return for four or five days after the hurricane.

To this, Lhota told the newspaper, “It obviously wasn’t true, either … I have no idea who was briefing him.”

A City Hall spokesman told the New York Post that Lhota called Bloomberg to apologize today.

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