Grand Schemes at the MTA

The Story

MTA head Andy Byford has announced a new plan to fix the subways. Called “Fast Forward,” the plan proposes a radical overhaul of the system’s signals and rolling stock and will involve massive track work on nights and weekends. Fast Forward’s costs are expected to exceed $20 billion, but the real question is whether the MTA can deliver on its promises. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Rules: Inefficient work practices and outdated labor rules make getting anything built in New York City difficult and expensive. Read more.

  2. Logistics: The MTA has shown that it is virtually incapable of managing complex construction and logistical projects. Read more.

  3. Priorities: The MTA has its construction priorities backwards, focusing mostly in areas with the lowest ridership. Read more.

“The MTA has never had a problem announcing things; its problem is execution and completion on time and on budget."

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

“Lessons of the Strike: Pension Pickle” By E. J. McMahon (December 23, 2005)

“Among many other things, this transit strike has been a learning experience for a whole new generation of Yorkers too young to remember issues raised by municipal labor unrest of the 1960s and the fiscal crisis of the 1970s.”

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“A Post analysis found that payments were late on nearly 80 percent of the contracts awarded by the Department of Homeless Services since 2013.”