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MTA to begin work on $8.8B worth of construction projects

The MTA anticipates committing $6.5 billion worth of prior plan capital program work in 2020.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has scheduled $8.8 billion worth of construction projects from the 2010-2014 and 2015-2019 capital plans to begin this year and next, the New York City agency announced yesterday.

The MTA anticipates committing $6.5 billion worth of prior plan capital program work in 2020 and $2.3 billion in 2021, which will effectively exhaust all resources from the 2010-14 and 2015-19 plans. 

“We have a very aggressive schedule for 2020, and anticipate we will have committed more than 90 percent of funds from past capital programs by the end of this calendar year,” said MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber in a press release.

Projects will include signal modernization, new rolling stock, bridge and track repair, efforts to increase access and capacity at Penn Station in New York City, and accessibility improvements across the MTA system.

For a quarter-by-quarter schedule of the plans, click here

The projects will take place simultaneously with work commencing under the record $51.5 billion 2020-24 capital program. 

Meanwhile, MTA Long Island Rail Road on Feb. 3 will begin reconstruction of the New Hyde Park Station, as well as start rebuilding the grade crossing adjacent to the station.

LIRR crews will replace the permanent platforms at New Hyde Park Station to accommodate 12-car trains and renovate the station's interior and exterior, MTA officials said in a press release.

The new station will include platform canopies, benches, shelters, security cameras, mobility improvements, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations and digital information displays.

Crews also will build a grade separated crossing with a pedestrian underpass at South 12th Street.

A new rail bridge to span the crossing is scheduled to be moved into place in July, and a new roadway below the bridge is expected to open this summer. The underpass will be completed in fall 2021.