Despite Budget Woes, MTA Reportedly Planning Big Improvements

By DNAinfo Staff on February 22, 2010 8:17am  | Updated on February 22, 2010 8:01am

The president of NYC Transit is promising a host of improvements underground, including faster service on the Lexington Ave. line.
The president of NYC Transit is promising a host of improvements underground, including faster service on the Lexington Ave. line.
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MANHATTAN – Despite massive budget gaps that have forced the MTA to consider slashing subway service and ending free student MetroCards, the cash-strapped agency is rolling out a host of subway improvements, the Daily News reported.

NYC Transit President Thomas Prendergast told the paper that the agency has a plan to rehabilitate eight of the busiest subway stations, including two in Manhattan.

Plans also include cleaning up trash and speeding up track signals on the Lexington Avenue line.

“I don’t want to say that because of our budget issues, we can’t make improvements,” Prendergast told the paper.

The agency is planning to clean up the Times Square and Union Square subway stations. Prendergast believes those stations' multimillion dollar renovation projects from the past decade haven't been maintained properly, the News reported.

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