Signal fix
Jun 26, 2017 | 10418 views | 1 1 comments | 310 310 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Problems with both the subway and LIRR signals at Penn Station require decisive action today, not tomorrow.

The MTA must reprogram $695 million for Metro North East Bronx Penn Station Access, $1.7 billion for Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 and $1.95 billion for LIRR Main Line Third Track to help fund upgrading system signals.

This would provide well over $3 billion as a down payment against $20 billion needed to bring the subway system signals up to a state of good repair. All three canceled projects can be funded out of the next MTA 2020-2024 Five Year Capital Plan.

This still provides ample time for both the Metro North and Third Track project completions to coincide with LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal by December 2023 or 2024.

In June 2016 the Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration provided $432 million in Superstorm Sandy funding to the MTA for repairs to the East River Tunnel, including signal upgrades.

As of today, no funds have been spent. The MTA and LIRR have yet to complete negotiations with Amtrak for initiation of this work.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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June 30, 2017
Bureaucracy, corruption, cronyism, deception, dysfunction, mismanagement and underinvestment will always reign supreme by our own elected offices and our political football that it is the MTA in the past several decades, which results in higher operating and capital costs that us drivers, taxpayers and straphangers to be footing the bill everyday. Vote these elected officials out this year for the city and next year for the state.