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Letter from the Chairman: October 29, 2013


The MTA Board recently approved an amendment to our Capital Program adding $5.8 billion dollars for what we are calling "resiliency " work-fortification projects that are beyond the scope of repairs - that will render our transportation network more prepared and resilient in its most vulnerable areas to protect equipment and infrastructure against future storms. We expect this work to be funded mostly through reimbursements from the federal government. This investment is in addition to the $4.7 billion dollars already approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State for Sandy-related repairs.

Our commitment to defend New York's transportation system began before the storm and continued immediately after, and now, there are more than $500 million dollars in repair contracts underway, and over $4 billion dollars more in construction projects in design, all of which we expect will be funded by the Federal Transportation Administration. Details of funding announcements are outlined on this web page.

Additionally, other important support initiatives continue. Governor Cuomo recently announced the "Come See the Comeback" and "Get Outta Town" tourism campaigns. "Comeback" urges New Yorkers to visit destinations ravaged last year by Superstorm Sandy, but now well on their way back and ready for visitors while "Get Outta Town" highlights the MTA's services as how to get there.

And, finally, you can still shop the New York Transit Museum's H Liine icon Relief Collection for the benefit of the Rockaways community; click here to shop this unique merchandise now. (This link has been deactivated as this effort has concluded, but you can read about the H Liine icon Relief Effort here. You may still shop New York Transit Museum merchandise by clicking here.) 

Rockaway Peninsula residents suffered the effects of Sandy and also had their transit lifeline cut for seven months. Our decision to donate the proceeds from the sale of these items was in recognition of the twin hardships.


Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and CEO


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