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Letter from the Chairman: June 2014


We are still recovering from the worst weather event in our system's history.  Moving into the second summer after Superstorm Sandy these web pages continue to outline our efforts to repair and upgrade damaged infrastructure and protect North America’s largest mass transit system from future storms.  For a more in depth look, click here for presentations given at April’s Capital Program Oversight Committee meeting.

The men and women of the MTA have dedicated themselves to providing the same level of service our 8.5 million daily customers have become accustomed to.  While the efforts of the MTA workforce have made the damage virtually transparent, it is anything but.  In October of 2012, we were hit hard and our century-old system was put under stresses it was never designed to absorb.  

We are making steady progress, but we have many years of work ahead of us.  While at New York City Transit we move forward on the Montague, Steinway and Greenpoint underriver tubes, plans are underway to begin work on other critical facilities hard hit by Sandy. 

Upcoming repair and improvement projects include the South Ferry Terminal Station at the southern end of the No. 1 Line, subway yards around the City and the storm proofing of dozens of locations in the low-lying areas at the southern end of Manhattan.  The Rutgers, Cranberry, Joralemon, Clark St., Canarsie, and 53rd Street Tubes are also in need of major repairs, and scheduling for these projects is complex, but underway.

Despite completion of temporary repairs at Bridges and Tunnels facilities, four to six years of extensive repair work still lay ahead.   Work is ongoing at the Queens Midtown Tunnel and Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, including renewal of the lighting, electrical, communications and traffic control systems.

At the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), restoration projects are well underway on the Long Beach Branch in Nassau County, and in the Rail Road’s Long Island City Yard, where floodwaters caused the most damage.  Future storm resiliency is a key feature in each endeavor.

Along the Long Beach Branch, the LIRR is replacing three substations, switches, signals, communications and third-rail equipment as well as restoring various systems on a key rail bridge.  The Rail Road is also replacing a substation as well as power, signal and communications systems in Long Island City.

Metro-North Commuter Railroad is currently working on the restoration of the Hudson Line right-of-way and replacement of more than 30 miles of flooded and damaged infrastructure from the Bronx to Croton Harmon.  Work is also currently underway on electrical repairs to the facility houses of the Harlem River Lift Bridge.   In all, more than $313 million is being invested in repair and improvement work to Metro North

Major Sandy work is also being performed at Staten Island Railway (SIR), including the installation of new tracks, switches and relays at St. George.

The support provided by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Federal  Transit Administration (FTA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been instrumental as we perform the most far-reaching rebuilding and improvement campaign in the history of the MTA.

The MTA's services are the backbone of our region and the health of our $1.4 trillion dollar regional economy.  This is a fact that will remain top of mind as we continue our efforts, and commitment to building a stronger, more resilient mass transportation system.


Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and CEO

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