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MTA's subway turnaround plan to cost $40 billion

MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford (at right) met with employees at the agency's Zerega Avenue bus facility in the Bronx.
Photo – MTA's YouTube account


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) 10-year "Fast Forward" plan to repair MTA New York City Transit's (NYCT) subway and bus systems is expected to cost about $40 billion, NYCT President Andy Byford said in a YouTube video released yesterday.

Unveiled in May, the plan calls for updating the subway system's signals and track infrastructure to improve performance. Within five years, the agency aims to install communications-based train control on five additional rail lines. And within the 10 years, that control system would be implemented on 11 more lines.

Fast Forward also calls for accelerating work to make the subway system fully accessible.

"My job now is to go out and get the funding we know we need in order to transform this subway, to make the subway accessible, to transform our bus network," Byford said in the video, which was addressed to MTA employees.

In the short term, NYCT faces challenges in balancing its operating budget. As a result, the agency will minimize discretionary spending and leave nonessential jobs unfilled, Byford said.

The agency has no plans to eliminate existing jobs or services, Byford noted.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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