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MTA Construction & Development (Capital Construction) announced this past Tuesday that it is seeking qualified design-build teams to bring accessibility to a complex of three interconnected stations on 14th Street in Manhattan. These stations are the 6 Av (BMT 14th St-Canarsie Line), 14 St (IND Sixth Avenue Line) and 14 St (IRT Seventh Avenue Line). The teams will install elevators and make other improvements to ensure full vertical accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once again, this is all part the plan to have 66 more stations ADA accessible in the 2020-2024 Capital Plan program.
MTA Board Member and Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Victor Calise said this in a statement: “I am pleased to see the MTA’s continued commitment to increasing accessibility throughout the subway system. These design-build contracts will help ensure that all New Yorkers and visitors to the city, including individuals with disabilities, can access our transit system, and I look forward to continuing to work with MTA leadership to accelerate the pace of projects until we reach systemwide accessibility for all.”
Quemuel Arroyo, MTA Chief Accessibility Officer said this in a statement: “Ensuring every New Yorker has access to our transit system is an absolute necessity. All of us at the MTA continue to work toward a completely accessible system and am looking forward to working with members of the community throughout this project.”
Janno Lieber, president of MTA Construction & Development said this in a statement: “Despite the difficult financial situation the MTA is facing, accessibility remains a priority. Both the design-build process and bundling stations reflect Construction & Development’s commitment to completing projects faster and at a lower cost than ever before.”
This project requires a separate long-term elevator maintenance contract to provide for long-term reliable maintenance of the new elevators, including repairs of certain issues resulting from installation and manufacture. State of good repair work will also be performed at the 8 Av and 14 St complex, where the (A)(C)(E) intersects with the (L), and along the entire Manhattan segment of the (L) Line. These design-build contracts will be awarded to the companies whose proposals offer the best value to the MTA based on an evaluation of qualitative factors as well as cost and schedule.
In other news, Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the subway hours to 2am. So there will be a 22-hour service operation. The closures will be from 2am to 4am. The subways will resume service at 4am and the B99, M99, and Bx99 routes will continue to operate. Monday (Today), February 22nd will be the start of the new changes. New York City Nightlife, Cultural Centers and Sports Facilities will have their customers and get business back up and running via the new extended hours. The agency continues to face $8B deficit through 2024 from drastically reduced revenue and increased expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board adopts toll increase to take effect in April and resident discount programs are preserved. Even though with improving financial results, the TA avoided potential service cuts in 2021 and 2022, but 2023 and 2024 remains in question without future federal aid. Lastly, MTA NYCT Interim President appeared on ABC7’s Up Close With Bill Ritter. In this interview transcript, she blames the media for the low ridership due to the media spreading the pretense that public transport spreads around COVID-19.