New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has revealed that $5.2bn will be spent on increasing accessibility to 23 stations across the five boroughs.
The city is seeking design-and-build teams to work on projects at 17 subway stations, three Staten Island railway stations, two LIRR stations and one Metro-North station.
The work, which is part of the MTA’s $51.5bn 2020-2024 capital plan, will include:
- Bringing stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Installing two-to-three elevators per station, with relevant structural and excavation work
- Electrical power upgrades
- Station communications systems upgrades
- The relocation of existing public and transit utilities
- The replacement, relocation and addition of staircases from street to mezzanines
- The reconstruction of platform edges and boarding areas.
Patrick Foye, MTA’s chairman, 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 $5.2bn investment in accessibility brings us one step closer to creating the equitable transit system New Yorkers deserve."
Janno Lieber, MTA’s chief development officer, added: "We are going to deliver these accessibility improvements better, faster and more efficiently, not only by requiring design-and-build, but also by bundling these projects across MTA agencies to take advantage of proximity. Innovation is the driving force of this approach."
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