MTA Releases Schedule of $8.8B in Work to Begin Construction in 2020 from Prior Capital Plans

MTA Releases Schedule of $8.8B in Work to Begin Construction in 2020 from Prior Capital Plans

Photo Courtesy of Marc Hermann/MTA NYC Transit

By Michael V. Cusenza

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently released a schedule of ongoing construction projects from the 2010-2014 and 2015-19 capital plans slated to begin in 2020 and 2021.

According to the embattled agency, the announcement “underscores the pace at which MTA construction work is ramping up on these programs” at the same time that work is commencing under the record $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital Program. The schedule, which MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber presented at the MTA Board meeting last month, was submitted to the State Legislature as MTA executives testified at a joint budget hearing of the State Senate and Assembly last Tuesday.

The MTA indicated that it 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 2010-2014 and 2015-2019 plans. These will continue major priority efforts for the agency, including signal modernization, new rolling stock and track repair work, increasing access and capacity at Penn Station, and investments in sorely needed ADA accessibility projects across the system.

Major commitments scheduled for this year include:


2020 First Quarter: $964.3 million

Signal modernization on A,C,E Line

Penn Station-33 St Corridor, Phase 1

ADA accessibility at Livonia Av L Line

Metro-North Harlem River Bridge


2020 Second Quarter: $2,546,200,000

Penn Station-33rd Street Corridor, Phase 2

ADA accessibility at four stations in the Bronx

149 St-Grand Concourse 4 Line

149 St-Grand Concourse 2, 5 Line

Tremont Av B, D Line

Westchester Square-East Tremont Av. 6 Line

Elevator and escalator improvements at 11 stations

Infrastructure repairs on the 2,3,4,5 Line in Brooklyn

New Elmont LIRR station

New rolling stock

LIRR train cars and service locomotives

Work hybrid locomotives for NYCT

Improvements to overhead rail power wires in western Queens in support of East Side Access and regional rail


2020 Third Quarter: $1,670,500,000

ADA accessibility at six stations:

6 Av L Line

8 Av N Line(southbound)

14 St F,M Line

14 St 1,2,3 Line

Queensboro Plaza 7,N,W lines

Woodhaven Blvd J,Z Line

Structural repairs on the 7 Line, including renewals at seven stations

Sandy Repairs: rehabilitation of F Line’s East River Tunnel (Rutgers Tube)

LIRR signal modernization, Babylon to Patchogue

Four station renewals on the J,Z Line

2020 Fourth Quarter: $1,323.9 million

Metro-North Penn Station Access

ADA accessibility at three stations

68 St-Hunter College 6 Line

Bay Ridge-95 St R Line

Court Square G Line

New substation at Canal St / 8 Av

Second Avenue Subway Phase II (initial commitment)

45 new electric buses and electrification of six bus depots

Sandy resiliency at West Side Yard and East River Tunnel


2021: $2,293,300,000

Second Avenue Subway Phase II: Civil Work for new stations at 106th, 116th and 125th Streets

Purchase 25 standard buses

Planning for Metro-North Harlem Line Third Track

LIRR Jamaica Capacity Improvements design support

Sandy Mitigation: Long Island City Yard Perimeter Protection


“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,” Lieber added.


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