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MTA Outlines 20-Year Plan To Improve Service

$106 Billion Plan Covers Upgrades To Buses, Subways, MNR, LIRR
A subway pulls into the Lexington Ave. 86th Street station (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

A subway pulls into the Lexington Ave. 86th Street station (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has laid out a 20-year, $106 billion plan to improve transit options and technology.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, the 148-page Capital Needs Assessment is a to-do list of sorts for the transit agency.

Under the plan, much of the 109-year-old subway system would get an upgraded signal system similar to what’s already is use on the L and 7 lines.

The communications-based control feature improves frequency of service. Straphangers said that would be a big asset.

“There are a lot times where the train don’t run as consistent as they should, they don’t come as often as they’re supposed to be,” a commuter told Murnane.

The plan also calls for additional tracks for the Harlem line on Metro-North and on the LIRR to Ronkonkoma.

The Second Avenue subway, East Side access of the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal and new LIRR and Metro-North trains are all included in the 20-year plan, Murnane reported.

Transit advocate Gene Russianoff with the Straphangers Campaign said the past decades are a good way to sell these large investments.

“The money is being spent in a way that made transit an asset for New York City and not a liability,” Russianoff told Murnane. “They don’t remember the broken doors, the dark cars and the trains covered with graffiti and it’s almost science fiction to them.”

“These are really necessary expenditures if we’re going to continue to have reliable and decent service, which makes the city run,” Russianoff added.

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