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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Remember the L train project?
MTA officials say work has continued and it’s on schedule. The 15-month project is set to be completed in July 2020.
Janno Lieber, who leads MTA Construction and Development, says no decisions have been made yet about permanent cancellations or delays of other new projects.
“There is is a full scale hold on new contracts for the capital plan until we see what comes out of Washington,” he said.
They’re calling that a 60-day pause, for now. It includes some station work, some elevator and accessibility projects and work on the Rutgers Tube.
East Side access to bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central is on schedule.
Budgets will dictate everything moving ahead as agencies balance operations and improvements.
Enhanced disinfection of locations and vehicles to continue the coronavirus fight could cost the MTA $500 million.
The new LaGuardia Airport, operated by the Port Authority of NY and NJ, has maintained it completion date in 2022. There are additional phases. Plans for an AirTrain are in the environmental review stage and that new $2 billion expenditure could meet with more criticism.
“Our construction projects continue with a heightened focus on keeping crews safe and healthy,” said Port Authority Executive Director Richard Cotton.
Amtrak says the Gateway Project to build two new rail tunnels between New York and New Jersey is moving ahead but it will depend on federal funding.
Future conversations will be happening about what the systems need. In his Friday briefing, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who nominated leaders of the MTA and an executive of the Port Authority, listed four areas where lessons can be learned.
“How do we have better healthcare, a better transportation system, smarter telemedicine and smarter tech in education,” he asked.
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