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Capital Program Amendment



The number of stations expected to be made accessible in this program increases from 19 stations to 22. This increase reflects the work to be done at city of New York-sponsored locations and the transfer of funds from the Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI) program to a new accessibility project at Westchester Square.

The MTA Board-approved Subway Action Plan included a project to upgrade 220 existing R142A A-Division cars to the newer standards of the R188 cars. The subway cars work is now rededicated to support additional signal technology upgrades.

This category has the largest increase of any NYCT category in this amendment ($607 million), which primarily reflects two factors. The first is the consolidation of funding from other areas of the NYCT and MTA Interagency programs to support improvements at City of New York-sponsored stations. The second is updated estimates for accessibility, renewal, elevator, and component projects.

As part of the consolidation of budgets for City of New York-sponsored station improvements, $255 million is transferred from the Miscellaneous (T716) category and the MTA Interagency (N711) program and added to the $45 million already budgeted in the stations category. Of the $300 million total, $200 million is allocated for accessibility enhancements and $100 million for station circulation enhancements. The specific locations may include Broadway Junction, Flushing-Main St., Livonia Ave., Queensboro Plaza, 170th St.-Jerome Ave., and/or other locations.

The Disabled Accessibility element has a net increase ($390 million). This includes the transfer of $185 million for city-sponsored stations described above. The other $205 million reflects scope and estimate changes in various projects. Notably, there is a $40 million increase in the 149th St.–Grand Concourse complex project due to refinement of the preliminary design scheme based on a recent feasibility study. The Woodhaven Blvd. on the Jamaica line project increases ($11 million) based on similar prior project cost experience. The increases at Chambers St. on the Nassau line ($25 million) and Eastern Pkwy.–Brooklyn Museum ($12 million) reflect a modification in project approach. Additional scope related to site-specific complexities, such as additional structural or circulation elements, account for increases at Gun Hill Rd. on the Dyre Ave. line ($15 million), Astoria Blvd. ($15 million), Greenpoint Ave. ($10 million), 59th St. ($15 million) and 86th St. ($3 million), both on the Fourth Ave. line. The Court Square (Stairs Phase) project increases by $1 million based on the actual cost for design and bid. In addition, using remaining funds from the ESI program, a new accessibility project is proposed at Westchester Square on the Pelham line ($90 million). This project, plus the locations from the city-sponsored stations initiative, are expected to increase to 22 the number of stations to be made accessible under this program.

Offsetting reductions in several accessibility projects include the Bedford Ave. and 1st Ave. projects on the Canarsie line ($14 million), which are being addressed in concert with the Superstorm Sandy repair of the Canarsie Tube. The changes in these budgets reflect better apportioning of shared costs. The 57th St. on the Broadway line ($5 million) and Bedford Park Blvd. ($8 million) projects decrease due to estimate refinements at the time of award. Last are decreases totaling $8 million for the projects at Rockaway Parkway, Times Square Complex, Phase 3, and 68th St.–Hunter College, reflecting administrative transfers to the Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP).

The Station Work element focuses on projects for station renewals, Enhanced Station Initiative, and component repair, and has a net increase of $67 million. A large part of the increase is attributed to an additional need of $182 million for station renewal projects. Notably, these include five station renewals on the Flushing line ($74 million) and four on the Jamaica line ($53 million). These increases are due to additional steel rehabilitation work, that is anticipated based on conditions observed during design, as well as prior project cost experience with renewal projects at elevated stations. The Astoria Blvd. renewal project increases ($20 million) due to further refinement of the estimates to raise the station mezzanine and perform additional canopy work. The $14 million increase in the Ditmars Blvd. renewal primarily reflects the need to replace the platform and mezzanine canopies. The combined ADA and renewal project at 95th St. is being separated split into two projects, with $15 million added to this element for the renewal work. The 138 St.-Grand Concourse renewal increase ($7 million) is due to additional architectural work, waterproofing, and ventilator reconstruction.

Station component projects in the Station Work element decrease ($32 million), reflecting a net increase ($108 million) to projects remaining in the plan offset by the rescheduling of several projects to a future plan ($140 million). Various reasons account for the increases. Increases based on prior project cost experience are shown for platform components repair projects at ten locations on the Broadway-7th Ave. line ($15 million) and four locations on the Queens Blvd. and Archer Ave. lines ($12 million), and also for the Station Ventilator program ($6 million). Structural conditions, such as deteriorated steel replacement, platform panels, and tiles, contributed to increases of the platform component project at two locations on the Jerome Ave. line ($18 million) and in the platform component repair at two locations on the Fourth Ave. line. ($6 million). Several platform component projects increase due to estimate refinement, including at three locations on the Nostrand line ($12 million), at Longwood Ave. on the Pelham line ($9 million), and at two locations on the Lenox line ($6 million). Several other projects have increases of less than $5 million each. In addition, a net increase of $3 million is attributed to the splitting out of projects into smaller packages for award under the SBDP. In addition, a new project ($6 million) is proposed to install mechanical closure devices (MCDs) beneath the ventilation gratings at the 3rd Ave.–138th St. station on the Pelham line to alleviate water infiltration into the subway caused by flash flood rain. Offsetting these increases, several platform component projects are rescheduled to a future capital program ($137 million), primarily to align funding with projected construction schedules. Incidental to this is a $3 million reduction to the 2019 Station Painting at Component Locations project. Design for these projects remains funded in the plan.

The total budget for the ESI program is reduced from $936 million to $846 million, including $838 million for the NYCT portion of ESI and $8 million for the Staten Island Railway portion. The reduction reflects the transfer of remaining funds to the new accessibility project discussed above. Additionally, location-specific ESI projects and ventilator projects at ESI stations have been split out as the program has progressed. Though 33 stations were originally planned, the program is addressing a total of 20 stations as the work at these stations has involved more extensive repair work than originally anticipated.

The Station Elevators/Escalators element has a $52 million net increase, reflecting revised estimates and scope, as well as the rescheduling of some locations to a future capital program. The 8 Traction- and 6 Traction Elevator Replacement projects increase by $19 million and $12 million, respectively, due to scope and estimate refinements that occurred during design. The 12 Traction Elevator Replacement project is increasing by $6 million to fund added emergency exit repair work, and lobby reconfiguration to improve customer circulation. The $17 million net increase in hydraulic elevator projects is anticipated based on prior project cost experience, and includes $10 million for the project to replace one hydraulic elevator at Grand Central–42nd St. on the Flushing line. The $19 million increase infour of the element’s six escalator projects is also anticipated based on prior project cost experience. The increases to this element are offset by a reduction of $22 million in two escalator replacement projects. Two escalators at Smith–9th Sts. station on the Sixth Ave. line ($8 million) and three escalators at the Broadway Junction complex ($14 million) are rescheduled to future programs to avoid schedule conflicts with other work.

The Other Station Improvements element grows by $93 million, mainly reflecting the transfer of $70 million for city- sponsored stations described above. Also, to alleviate congestion, two new projects on the Jamaica line are added, one for enhanced stair capacity and platform widening at Marcy Ave. ($13 million) and one for mezzanine expansion and additional stairs at Broadway Junction ($10 million). This work is being advanced to support operations while the Canarsie Tube is closed for repair. Other small changes reflect updated estimates or administrative split-outs.

The $5 million net increase to the Fare Collection element is attributed to the AFC Low Turnstile Procurement project. The size of the procurement has increased from 176 turnstiles to 352 turnstiles, and from 35 to 70 end cabinets, which are needed to accommodate station fare control area reconfiguration, as well as outside entities (such as private developers) making improvements in stations. In addition, budgets for the Fare Control Area Improvements project and the New Fare Payment System, Phase 2 project have been combined into one project.

The budget for property acquisition for a potential new bus depot in the vicinity of Mets-Willets Point station is decreased ($10 million) based on planning to date.

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