The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced its plans to invest $51.5bn under its 2020-2024 Capital Plan, seeking design-build teams to bring full vertical accessibility across 23 stations in five boroughs.

The design-build teams will provide full accessibility by installing elevators and making other improvements in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Proposals with the best value to the MTA based on qualitative, cost and schedule factors, will be awarded the contracts, the transport authority said.

MTA chairman and CEO Patrick Foye said: “Accessibility is a top priority for the MTA, and we are committed to completing these accessibility projects as quickly as possible.

“The Capital Plan’s historic $5.2 billion investment in accessibility brings us one step closer to creating the equitable transit system New Yorkers deserve.”

Works at each station will generally include the design and construction of two to three new elevators, structural and excavation work to accommodate new elevator installations, electrical power upgrades and station communications systems upgrades wherever necessary and relocation of existing public and transit utilities.

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Additional works such as platform reconstruction, replacement of windscreen and canopy, replacement of architectural finishes, structural steel & concrete repairs, waterproofing and lighting and communication systems replacement/upgrade, could be necessary based on the existing conditions at the stations.

MTA chief development officer Janno Lieber said: “We are going to deliver these accessibility improvements better, faster and more efficiently, not only by requiring design-build, but also by bundling these projects across MTA agencies to take advantage of proximity. Innovation is the driving force of this approach.”

Under the 2020-2024 Capital Plan, MTA plans to invest $51.5bn across subways, buses, commuter rail systems and bridges and tunnels in the region, during the next five years.

As per the plan nearly $40bn will be devoted to New York City Transit’s subway system and bus network, with priority being given to increasing accessibility.

NYC Transit’s Fast Forward plan’s goal is to modernise at least 50 more subway stations and make them accessible in five years of time so that customers would not have to travel farther than two stops to reach an accessible station.


Image: Grand Central Terminal in New York. (Courtesy of Pixabay/Free-Photos)