Governor Cuomo Announces an Ambitious Plan to Modernize the New York City Subway System


During a speech on July 18, 2016 at theTransit Museum in Brooklyn, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an ambitious new plan to modernize the aging New York City subway system, offering technological, environmental and communication solutions for subway cars, stations and entrances. This new plan will be funded under the $27 billion 2015-19 MTA Capital Program and the improvement process is on the fast track for completion.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the design features of 1,025 new and reimagined subway cars – including vital enhancements to the exteriors and interiors of regular cars, wider doors, as well as the addition of up to 750 “Open Car End” designed-cars, which will reduce wait times and increase capacity. The Governor also previewed key elements that will be featured in the renovation of 31 subway stations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area, and announced that the first of several Requests for Proposals will be issued this week. The MTA is using design-build contracts to expedite the process and ensure the shortest timeframe for project completion.



Subway Interior

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photo by Marc A. Hermann

Lori Dorn
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