How the MTA Plans to Spend Billions on its Subway Wishlist

(THE CITY) Jose Martinez and Ann Choi, October 14, 2019

The wishlist for modernizing New York’s ancient transit system — everything from new subway cars to more station elevators to a fast-track signal system — carries an enormous price tag: a record $51.5 billion.

But the funding for the proposed 2020-2024 MTA Capital Program is no sure thing.

Here’s our interactive look at the MTA’s subway wishlist and the numbers that could derail the vision.


Sections of six subway lines — including the busiest in the system, the 4, 5 and 6 lines — are marked for extensive signal modernization projects.

The proposed $7.1 billion signal modernization projects will come with another cost: ongoing inconvenience to riders. Previous installation of upgraded signals along the L and 7 lines required frequent weekend service interruptions that were scattered over close to a decade.