MTA transit, with the right direction and oversight, can and will improve the daily lives and commutes of New Yorkers. MTA has always been an integral part to the rapid flow of people and energy in NYC. With consistent train delays, and several track derailments within the past 5 years, the MTA has shown that it cannot handle the task of modernizing its extensive transit system alone, but it will need the help of outside contractors to help repair and bring the overall MTA system into good shape for the future of NYC.
Proposal to Change System of Administration
As mayor, I propose several changes to the administration of the MTA to prevent bureaucracy and mismanagement from ever getting in the way of the daily commutes of the MTA. I first propose that the MTA public-private structure be reworked and restructured in such a way that ultimately the Mayor of NYC is in control of the day-to-day operations of the MTA. This is done in order to remove the bureaucratic structure that has delayed and risked the safety of the commutes of many New Yorkers, and cost state and local tax payers and city residents billions of dollars, that ultimately we have overall little to show for it in that the majority of stations and tracks are still in need of modernization and repair.
After several incidents of not only frustrating delays of service, and derailments that could have been of avoided with proper reviews and repairs of the tracks and trains, the MTA needs a fresh and new way of doing things that will leverage more technology and outside contractors in order to quickly and speedily repair the transit system.
Plan to Repair MTA Subway System
As Mayor, I will propose all new trains be equipped with sensors to immediately alert train conductors and workers of any trains that have problems with mechanical failures that could possibly result in a later trail derailment. Similar measures should also be taken to equip the railway system with sensors to pick-up on the potential track problems that could result in broken rails and needed track work. We would like to make it easier for the MTA to do its job in being able to identify track and train problems ahead of time, so that it can then repair them faster than if it went unnoticed,
These changes along with others such as the expansion of the WiFi network throughout the MTA transit system to eliminate areas of bad reception, will help with the creation of mobile-WiFi system that could supplement the current signal light system for train conductors and it will make easier and faster for train conductors to verify that its safe to proceed. If suddenly there is a problem with the signal light, then train conductors will have access to a mobile application that will let them know if it’s safe to proceed, and thus this will prevent frustrating train delays that cost many New Yonkers, time, energy, and money.
Other important changes that can be made to improve the speed and efficiency of work for the MTA is to have current MTA workers focus on the much needed track work and modernization throughout the system, while outside contractors focus on the repair and modernization of subway stations throughout the transit system. The MTA in a shorter amount of time can repair and modernize the entire system in less than ten years, if the MTA works better and smarter with it’s daily and yearly revenue. All subway stations should be improved so that they are cleaner, and energy-efficient.
Plan to Renovate Subway Stations
All subway stations should be redesigned and renovated to reflect more of the 21st century and its future. Subway stations can have a fresher, look and feel that can help people keep the future of the 21st century in mind and focus.
Some changes that can be made to the system are the following:
-Redesign and Renovate subway stations not using small tiles, that are time-consuming and are part of the past, but use large sheets of metal and other ceramic materials to quickly improve the look and feel of the subway station. The City of New York and the Mayor will ultimately have final approval of the subway redesign.
-Improve the light system of all MTA Subway stations so that they are dim during hours of inactivity by adding motion-detectors that cause the lights to become fully lit when people are present.
We can better prepare NYC for the future if the MTA system is renovated to run smoother and reflect the 21 st century.