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Transportation Bond Act

The New York State "Rebuild and Renew Transportation Bond Act" was approved by New York State voters in the November 8, 2005 election by a fair margin. Details of the $2.9 billion bond act are given below.

Core MTA Infrastructure investments in the Bond Act:

Purchase of Subway and Commuter Railroad Cars $115 million
This funding will support the fleet needs of New York City Transit (NYCT), the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), and Metro-North Railroad (MNR). New subway and rail cars will replace less reliable cars that are at the end of their useful life, ensuring that the MTA can maintain and improve service reliability.
Purchase of Local and Express Buses $90 million
NYCT's bus purchases not only address normal replacement of buses at the end of their useful life, but also provide for anticipated growth in both local and express bus service. NYCT's purchase of hybrid-electric buses to meet local bus fleet needs will allow it to maintain one of the cleanest bus fleets in the nation. In addition, all express buses will be clean-fuel powered. All bus purchases will be fully accessible for disabled customers.
Track Replacement $117 million
Normal track replacement for NYCT, the LIRR, and MNR ensures a safe and reliable system, while providing customers with a smooth and comfortable ride.
Tunnel Lighting $54 million
NYCT will continue to upgrade tunnel lighting throughout the system to provide greater safety and security for both customers and employees.
Bus Locator System and Passenger Communications $40 million
This funding will support NYCT's Bus Locator System and LIRR's Passenger Communications system. Both investments will ultimately provide customers with real-time arrival and departure information as well as other critical service information.
Parking Improvements $20 million
Both the LIRR and MNR will continue to focus on improving and increasing parking for customers at commuter rail stations.
Staten Island Railway Bridges $14 million
Fundamental to rail service reliability is maintenance of rail structures. This funding will support NYCT's repair of rail bridges (thru-spans) on the Staten Island Railway.

MTA Expansion Projects in the Bond Act:
East Side Access $450 million
The LIRR East Side Access project will provide Long Island and Queens commuters with a new rail link to Grand Central Terminal on the east side of Manhattan, saving riders up to 40 minutes each day on their round-trip commute, while alleviating pressure on the over-crowded Penn Station complex.
Second Avenue Subway $450 million
The full length Second Avenue Subway will provide 400,000 daily NYCT customers with a one-seat ride from 125th Street to Lower Manhattan, relieving congestion on the Lexington Avenue Line, the most crowded subway line in the country. This funding will support Phase I of that effort.
JFK Rail Link $100 million
This project will facilitate the initial elements of creating a rail link between Lower Manhattan, Jamaica, and JFK International Airport.

  Core Program
Year in Plan
($ millions)
New York City Transit
B-Division Cars
$ 60.0
Hi-Capacity Express Buses
$ 50.0
Standard Buses
$ 40.0
Mainline Track Replacement
$ 78.0
Tunnel Lighting
$ 54.0
Bus Locator System
$ 30.0
SI Railway Bridges
$ 14.0
Subtotal NYCT   $326.0

Long Island Rail Road
M-7 Cars
$ 25.0
Parking Improvements
$ 10.0
Passenger Communication
$ 10.0
Annual Track Program
$ 28.0
Subtotal LIRR   $ 73.0
Metro-North Railroad
M-8 Cars
$ 30.0
Parking Improvements
$ 10.0
MNR Track
$ 11.0
Subtotal MNR   $ 51.0
Subtotal Commuter Rail   $124.0
Total MTA Core Program   $450.0
East Side Access   $450.0
Second Avenue Subway (Phase I)   $450.0
JFK Rail Link   $100.0
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