May 22, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
The MTA will host a community conversation next month to discuss its plan to modernize the city’s transit system.
The meeting, which will be held on Monday, June 10 at the Mainstage Theatre of LaGuardia Community College, will feature MTA President Andy Byford and other agency officials. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the two hour meeting officially beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Byford will discuss the agency’s “Fast Forward” plan. The plan, launched in May 2018, aims to completely modernize the transit system, including adding hundreds of new subway cars, new signal systems, station upgrades, and a complete redesign of the bus networks in each borough.
Byford’s “Fast Forward” plan comes with a $40 billion price tag and is still in need of funding even with the Albany’s approval of congestion pricing. The congestion pricing plan is expected to bring in $1.1 billion per year once enacted, which the MTA could bond against for up to $15 billion.
The June 10 meeting comes just months after the MTA completed the installation of the Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system on the 7 train, which the MTA says has already led to dramatic increases in on-time performance and other metrics associated with good service.
The agency announced earlier this week that subways across the system were on time 79.8 percent of the time in April, a level that has not been recorded since October 2013.