In a recent article for Curbed NY, Alon Levy — an affiliated scholar with the Marron Institute — takes a close look at the two main priorities in Andy Byford's Fast Forward plan for the New York City subway system: accessibility and signaling. Levy suggests that Byford's plan would considerably improve the system's throughput and ease of use for disabled people.
But the big question is funding. Because construction costs are higher than they are elsewhere, Byford’s plan requires billions of dollars in new funding. So far, the new NYCT chief has not proposed ways to make either CBTC or wheelchair accessibility cheaper to build. This means that the ultimate decision will be made by the state, in particular by Governor Cuomo.
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