NEW YORK, NY – On April 6th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo toured MTA New York City Transit’s 207th Street Car Overhaul Shop with MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and announced a series of accelerated car repairs.
The 207th Street Overhaul Shop along with the system’s other overhaul shop in Coney Island will now fully rehabilitate more than 1,300 cars a year – nearly 40 percent more than previous years. The funding secured in the FY 2019 state budget will allow the MTA’s car overhaul shops to be fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The subway system is the lifeblood of New York City, and the newly fully funded Subway Action Plan is essential to deliver a mass transit system of the caliber that New York’s economy and people require and deserve,” Governor Cuomo said.”Enhancing the reliability of subway cars leads to fewer delays and better performance for riders, and we are determined to further modernize the system quicker than had ever previously been thought possible.”
The comprehensive $836 million MTA Subway Action Plan will address system failures, breakdowns, delays and deteriorating customer service, and position the system for future modernization. The FY 2019 Budget fully funds the Subway Action Plan to move forward on critically needed repairs, with the City.
The MTA’s new leadership team was challenged with stabilizing a system that had dealt with decades of deferred maintenance and neglect – and with the full funding of the Subway Action Plan we will be able to accomplish that mission,” said Chairman Joe Lhota.