New York State approves $27B MTA improvement plan

New York State’s Capital Plan Review Board last week approved a five-year, $27 billion plan for New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). It represents the largest infrastructure investment in the agency’s history, according to state officials. The capital program will renovate 31 subway stations and add 18 miles of track to a segment of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR).

The station projects will be built using the design-build delivery method. The MTA board will issue a Request for Statements of Qualifications (RSQ) on the renovations to the subway stations shortly, with the contracts to be awarded in the fall.

The renovations will include design enhancements like improved lighting and more intuitive signage that will make it easier for riders to navigate stations. The renovated stations also will provide improved communications access with cellular connectivity and Wi-Fi availability. The two-step RSQ process will identify design-build teams by early summer, and those companies will submit proposals for station renovation packages beginning in July.