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Letter from the Chairman

 

Letter from the Chairman and CEO

 

Welcome to the latest MTA "Eye on the Future," in which we present capital projects that are planned to be advertised from September 2012 through March 2013. The "Eye" is hosted on our recently launched MTA Capital Program web site. This new site assembles key information and resources about the Capital Program in one convenient location. It is another part of how we are changing the way we do business and we hope that you find it to be useful.

The MTA Capital Program is not only very important for the safety and reliability of the MTA transportation system; it also is vital to the regional economy. As described in this issue of the "Eye," the MTA is preparing to undertake approximately $2.3 billion in capital work that spans many areas, including civil, structural, and electrical, as well as new technologies. This work is part of the overall capital program that, based on the October 2009 APTA publication on the Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investments, is projected to create more than 54 thousand jobs and generate more than $9 billion in economic activity for the New York region.

The 2010-2014 Capital Plan amendment was recently approved in Albany. This critical development means we have funding available to award the remaining three years of our Plan. I want to thank the contracting community for its support over the past several months, as we worked to secure this approval. Given the importance of the program to the reliability and growth of the system and to the regional economy, I look forward to our continued partnership on these vital projects.

Contractors and suppliers have a critical stake in the success of the Capital Program. We appreciate your interest in and support of the projects included in this issue of the "Eye".

Yours truly,

Joseph J. Lhota
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer