NYLPI Supports A8857 (Carroll) and S8099 (Comrie)

March 18, 2024

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NYLPI joins 18 transportation equity groups in supporting A8857 (Carroll) / S8099 (Comrie), which requires cost estimates and MTA Board approval for a 20-year capital needs assessment.

The release of the MTA’s twenty-year needs assessment is a crucial step towards accurately planning and budgetingthe MTA’s five-year capital program. The assessment lists many of the investments that must be made to bring to and keep the subway, bus, and commuter rail systems in a state of good repair, to increase service, and to improve network accessibility and resiliency. This legislation would require both five- and twenty- year cost estimates for each “element” of the MTA’s capital programs, which are defined in law and include the categories of subway cars, tracks, and signals, among other items.

We believe the twenty-year needs assessment should include exactly how much must be invested over both five and twenty years to bring each element of the system into a state of good repair and maintain it at that level—including elements like subway cars, buses, tracks, elevators, and signals. Absent this, it is impossible for the public, Legislature, and Capital Program Review Board to know whether state of good repair projects are fully funded, and whether their priority has been reduced to fund higher profile expansion projects.

Read the full memo of support here.

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