The MTA transit network is the lifeblood of the New York City metro region.
Our 2015–2019 Capital Program is the only way to give the MTA the resources it needs to keep our region thriving against new challenges—from climate change, shifting commuter patterns, overcrowding, and global competition.
Learn why investing in the MTA’s 5—year Capital Program is important to you and your family.
The MTA efficiently connects over 75% of the population in the tri-state area.
The MTA’s physical assets are valued at $1 trillion, boasting more railcars than all other U.S. metro and commuter railroads combined, plus America’s largest bus fleet.
MTA transit ridership exceeds the next 16 largest transit networks combined.
It is the primary vehicle for continued reinvestment in our region’s transit network. The MTA Capital Program enables the MTA to achieve three goals.
The MTA Capital Program is the primary vehicle for continued reinvestment in our region’s transit network. The MTA Capital Program enables the MTA to achieve three goals.
The MTA Capital Program has improved
Operational improvements made because of the Capital Program have increased subway capacity by about 1 million passengers since 1986. Improvements must now be made to accommodate the next million.
New dynamics are reshaping the New York City metro region such as unprecedented storm damage, new preferences for urban living, changing geography of employment and our position as a global market.
Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge caused over $25 billion in damage to our region.
More residents are moving to NYC than to Long Island, New Jersey, and the southwestern Connecticut suburbs combined.
Growth in commutes to neighboring boroughs and counties has outpaced growth in traditional commutes to Manhattan’s central business district.
The move to a more global economy has leveled the playing field between NYC’s metro region and its global peers.
These dynamics pose four major challenges
to regional transit
Superstorm Sandy exposed the need to improve the region’s infrastructure resiliency.
Record-level ridership has led to system-wide crowding.
Job growth outside of Manhattan’s CBD is creating new commuting patterns.
London and other cities seek to unseat New York as a global leader.
Closure of 7 subway tunnels, and the Amtrak tunnels to Penn Station
Destruction of the South Ferry subway station and the Broad Channel subway viaduct
Corrosion damage to critical signal systems
The number of outer-borough residents commuting to non-Manhattan jobs grew at a faster rate than those commuting to Manhattan jobs.*
As of 2012, Metro-North service supports the nation’s #1 reverse-commute market. Suburban employment hubs comprise two out of five highest Metro-North stations by ridership at peak hours during the weekday morning commute.
During peak hours, more people commute to Stamford than from Stamford.
At Metro-North’s Fordham station, 7 times as many riders travel to points north than commute to New York City.
Explosive growth resulted in congestion and poor service. This line carries 1.3 million riders each weekday, exceeding the combined ridership of San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston.
New York City outperforms most cities overall, but the comparatively slow pace of capital investment in transportation is a factor in preventing it from achieving global preeminence, according to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers® study.
The MTA has framed its Capital Program
around three themes:
Renew, enhance, and expand.
Protect the safety, reliability, and quality of existing MTA services.
Improve the customer experience of the MTA network.
Extend the network to ease crowding and support growth.
Commit to the continued health of regional transit.
Replace signals, tracks, switches, train cars, and buses to reinforce the strength of the transit network.
Renovate the GCT train shed and system-wide signal upgrades to boost system resiliency.
Continued railcar replacement and an overhaul of the Jamaica interlocking will aid reliability.
Improve in-station communications, expand ADA accessibility, and elevate the customer experience.
Restore Harlem Line stations and new GCT customer information technology.
Renovate Babylon, Nostrand Avenue, and Hunterspoint Avenue to improve service quality.
Continue the Second Avenue Subway extension and expand Bus Rapid Transit across the city.
Provide new, fast rail service to Penn Station for residents of the Northeast Bronx through Penn Access.
Enable service expansion with East Side Access.
80% of budget = Renew and Enhance (Core Projects) Core projects scheduled for completion by December 31st 2014: 83% were completed on or under budget
For the price of a latte, New Yorkers can access 24 subway lines and 200+ bus routes.
Enhancing MTA station elevators ensures that everybody keeps moving.
Transit's there night and day for all New Yorkers.
New signal systems on the L line will mean 2,000 less people crowding your morning commute.
Better transit means a broader transit pool and customer base.
New Select Bus Service routes open up access to business, entertainment and culture in growing neighborhoods.
If your job moves from Inwood to Crown Heights, the flat fare is still there for you.
A fortified network prepared for emergencies gets things back on track and back to business faster!
World travelers love NYC to the tune of $18B annually. And 65% of those visitors ride the subway.
Regional commuters bring back to their counties $36B in income annually.
Sustained investment in the MTA's Capital Program ensures the necessary funding for our region's most critical infrastructure - the MTA's transit network - and positions the New York City metro region and New York State for continued growth and prosperity.