Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden this week wrote to Joan M. McDonald, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, expressing his support for a proposed amendment to the 2010-2014 Capital Program to the MTA Capital Review Board. This major, proposed amendment:
· Adds $5.674 billion to the 2010-2014 Capital Program for mitigation projects identified in response to Superstorm Sandy;
· Includes $1.6 billion in project-level adjustments in accordance with the full funding plan approved by the CPRB in March 2012, and
· Rebalances the budgets of various project classifications to reflect the current priorities and allow projects to proceed, including addressing so-called 10 percent issues.
“This amendment includes $5.674 billion in transit and commuter railroad mitigation projects which will prevent or reduce water intrusion in stations, tunnels, and support facilities; fortify key infrastructure and right-of-way equipment; improve operational flexibility; and improve the overall resiliency of the MTA system and its ability to recover from major weather events and other disruptions,” said Senator Golden.
The letter, which is attached, was mailed to the New York State Department of Transportation on August 26th, 2013, as to MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.