Have questions about the MTA’s “Fast Forward” plan to modernize the NYC subway, buses and paratransit services or the future of the transit in the city? The agency is ready to answer them and offer more details on the initiative at forthcoming town halls across the five boroughs.
The first public meeting will take place Tuesday in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, Queens. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Speakers must register and will be called in the order in which they sign up, the MTA said.
Additional meetings for the other boroughs will be announced soon.
MTA’s 5-year plan for NYC subway, bus and paratransit
The Fast Forward plan was unveiled by NYC Transit President Andy Byford in May and aims to modernize NYC subway service and stations, local, express and SBS bus routes and paratransit options. Additionally, the agency vowed to better accessibility across all of its transit service and improve its organizational structure, corporate culture and public-facing customer service.
Fast Forward’s five-year goals include installing new NYC subway signal and track infrastructure, fast-tracking accessibility improvements across the subway system so straphangers will be no more than two stops from an accessible station, repairing more than 150 stations, adding thousands of modern subway cars and buses and a complete overhaul of the bus network.
“The Fast Forward Plan is a massive undertaking that requires buy-in from all stakeholders — our customers, our colleagues, advocates, the business community and elected officials at every level of government,” Byford said in a statement. “The future success of New York City depends upon the success of this comprehensive plan to modernize our transit system, and we’ll be out there in every borough making the case.”
To that end, Byford urges New Yorkers to attend the town halls and ask questions. Those who cannot attend can submit their questions and feedback via new.mta.info.