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MTA to get cracking on big transit projects promised in previous capital plans

The MTA announced that $8.8 billion in subway, bus, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North projects will be moving ahead in 2020. (Photo by Mark Hallum)

The MTA announced plans to pull the trigger on $8.8 billion in projects throughout 2020 that were funded in earlier capital plans but may not have progressed.

With the majority of projects, such as East Side Access and signal upgrades, funded through the 2010-14 and 2015-19 capital plans, the MTA is wrapping up loose ends as it moves into the new $51 billion 2020-2014 budget.

In the first quarter of 2020, the MTA expects $964.3 million to be spent on signal modernization for the A, C, E lines; ADA accessibility at Livonia Avenue station on the L train; phase 1 of the 33rd Street Corridor; as well as work on the Metro-North Harlem River Bridge.

“From day one my staff and I have been laser focused on getting projects scheduled, and delivering those projects better, faster and cheaper,” said MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber. “We have a very aggressive schedule for 2020, and anticipate we will have committed more than 90% of funds from past capital programs by the end of this calendar year.”

The second quarter of this year will be more demanding for the agency which will spend $2.5 billion on ADA accessibility for four stations in the Bronx; 11 elevator and escalator installations; Infrastructure upgrades to the 2, 3, 4, 5, in Brooklyn; and among other developments, the MTA will begin construction on the new Elmont LIRR station which will open up transit options to the new Islanders stadium.

In the third quarter, $1.6 billion will be spent on ADA accessibility at six stations:

  • 6 Av l
  • 8 Av n (southbound)
  • 14 St fm
  • 14 St 123
  • Queensboro Plaza 7nw
  • Woodhaven Blvd jz

Structural repairs to the 7 train trestle will accompany renewals at seven stations on the line; Sandy related repairs will be made to the Rutgers Tube, the tunnel through which the F train travels through; LIRR signal modernization between Babylon and Patchogue; and four station renewals on the J, Z lines.

Up to $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter will be spent on ADA accessibility at three stations:

  • 68 St-Hunter College 6
  • Bay Ridge-95 St r
  • Court Square g

Second Avenue Subway Phase II will also be funded to extend the Q train to 125th Street in Harlem from its current terminus at 96th Street and 2nd Avenue; As announced today, the MTA will implement 45 new electric buses and electrification of six bus depots.

As the agency goes into 2021, $2,2 million will go toward work on new stations on the Second Avenue Subway for 106th, 116th and 125th Streets.

Also in 2021, 25 standard buses will be purchased; planning for the Metro-North Harlem Line Third Track will begin; Sandy-related mitigation will begin at the Long Island City Yard Perimeter Protection and design support for LIRR Jamaica capacity improvements.

Mark Hallum