The cash-strapped MTA has big plans to save money this year while simultaneously upgrading technology and cleaning up stations, the agency’s chairman, Jay Walder, announced in his 2011 agenda released this past weekend.
Some of the highlights:
• The MTA is installing security cameras in more than 400 buses, and 500 additional security cameras at major hubs.
• It will also introduce a new traffic signal system for Select Bus Service on First and Second Avenues so buses will hit fewer red lights.
• Train arrival countdown clocks will be added to another 100 stations, and riders will see more system-wide subway status displays.
• Fresh off chopping $525 million from its budget last year, the MTA will continue to save money with the newly-launched MTA Business Service Center, which consolidates agency finance and human resource work and other office tasks. It will save more than $25 million by 2014.
Improved subway stations
• The MTA will expand its subway station cleaning program to 16 new stations, including 96th Street on Broadway in Manhattan and Jay Street-MetroTech in Brooklyn. Last year cleaning crews focused on 19 heavily-used stations.
• To address growth in Long Island City, a new underground transfer will be opened between the 45th Road/Courthouse Square No. 7 train station and the Court Square G train station. The agency also plans to spend $39 million on signal maintenance and $300 million on track renovations.