Staff at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority say the agency has no choice but to spend billions to repair the city's transit system after it was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
"There are no viable alternatives to the proposed action," they write in a $4.7 billion capital budget request that has been made available online as a PDF. "Delaying repair work could result in further service delays, increased safety risks, and lower reliability. Further, it is not tenable to substitute existing funds supporting ongoing capital projects for these restoration projects."
The MTA board is expected to discuss this and other matters at its December meeting today.
Second Ave. Saga blogger Benjamin Kabak has taken a look at the budget proposal and writes the following:
This document is notable for what it doesnâ€™t have as well. It doesnâ€™t have any details about preventative measures. The MTA wants nearly $5 billion to repair and restore its transit network, but it doesnâ€™t yet know how much it needs to protect the system or what those protections will look like.