MTA Receives $1.5 Million for Safety

December 31, 2016- New York City - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, dedicates the brand new Second Avenue Subway Line in New York City on December 31, 2016. The station opens to the public at noon on January 1, 2017. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Safety Research & Demonstration Program is giving more than $1.5 million in federal taxpayer dollars to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced.

The MTA will receive funding for two projects focused on improving visibility of transit bus operators and for improving safety through train detection and worker warning systems, the senators said.

The NYMTA will receive $880,035 to develop a prototype of a new street-side mirror design for transit buses to reduce blindspots of bus operators in future vehicle designs.

The NYMTA will also receive $688,448 to work in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to enhance communication systems involving track workers and wearable alert units. The NYMTA, through New York City Transit, will develop protection systems based on enhanced communication between modules installed in railcar cabs and track worker personal wearable units.