Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the Assembly has passed legislation that would move up the date by which the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) must submit its five-year capital plan to the Capital Program Review Board (CPRB).
"Every day, millions of New Yorkers rely on the MTA as their sole source of transportation in and around New York City," said Speaker Heastie. "The complex issues facing the MTA need careful consideration and input from those who use it day after day. Modifying the submission date will also ensure more time for public input and for more useful input from the legislature."
"New Yorkers need a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system," said Assemblymember Robert Carroll, sponsor of the bill. "That means making sure that we allow enough time to carefully consider how to address the many issues facing the MTA today and its capital needs. This legislation delivers a more transparent process by ensuring that stakeholders and the legislature are given the time they need to weigh in on the solutions we need to solve these issues."
Currently, public authorities law requires the MTA to submit the plan every fifth year by October 1st. Today's legislation would move up the date to require such submission on or before January 31st, 2019, and every fifth year thereafter (A.11094, Carroll).
For the MTA's upcoming 2020-2024 capital plan and every following plan, this legislation would require the plan to be provided to the CPRB during the legislative session. This shift would allow for a longer period for the public to voice concerns and allow the legislature to have a more constructive input in the MTA's five-year capital plans.