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Funding for big transit projects is increased and finalized by MTA

A record number of projects for subways, buses and railroads got the green light from the MTA.

At the April board meeting, changes to the 2015-2019 Capital Plan were approved.

The $33.2 billion list includes an additional $813 million in funding for improvement projects.

Speakers expressed hopefulness during the public comment portion of the meeting.

"It's always good to hear. I'm a big believer in keeping hope alive," said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota.

PIX11 News Reporter Greg Mocker asked about the promises.

"There are a lot of plans going on right now, lots of changes,"  Chairman Lhota said. "We have a new president at New York City Transit.  We have a new president at Metro-North. We have a new president at Long Island Rail Road.  This is by design."

Projects for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North are also included in the capital plan.

A Subway Action Plan was announced in July 2017 and a Bus Action Plan was outlined at Monday's committee meeting by MTA NYC Transit President Andy Byford.

MTA Chairman Lhota said there is more work to do "but this plan amendment – as well as our Board working group on accessibility and the commitment of NYC Transit President Andy Byford – demonstrate our commitment to accessibility for all of our customers.”

In addition to today’s plan amendment, 17 other stations are being made fully ADA-accessible in the 2015-2019 capital plan:

    • Bedford Pk Blvd on the B/D line in the Bronx
    • Gun Hill Rd on the 5 line in the Bronx
    • 149 St-Grand Concourse on the 4 line in the Bronx
    • 149 St-Grand Concourse on the 2/5 line in the Bronx
    • 86 St on the R line in Brooklyn
    • Bedford Av on the L line in Brooklyn
    • Greenpoint Av on the G line in Brooklyn
    • Eastern Pkwy-Bklyn Museum on the 2/3 line in Brooklyn
    • Rockaway Pkwy on the L line in Brooklyn
    • 59 St on the N/R line in Brooklyn
    • 95 St on the R line in Brooklyn
    • 1 Av on the L line in Manhattan
    • Chambers St on the J/Z line in Manhattan
    • Times Sq-42 St on the S shuttle in Manhattan
    • Astoria Blvd on the N/W line in Queens
    • Court Square on the G line in Queens
    • Woodhaven Blvd on the J line in Queens

$287 million is allocated for signal repair and modernization and $53 million is marked  for the installation of continuous welded rail (CWR), which is less prone to causing delays.

"The amended capital plan achieves savings from a below budget contract for the R211 class of new subway cars  and allocating other costs to future capital plans to reflect when actual work is performed.  The plan amendment voted on today does not require any additional funding to be requested," said the MTA's news release.

East Side Access, which will bring the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal, is still projected to open in 2022. Approximately $418 million was shifted from the 2010-2014 capital plan to the 2015-2019 capital plan for the mega-project.