MTA launches RFQ for station accessibility project

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking qualified design-build companies to bring accessibility to 23 stations across the five districts as called for in the 2020-2024 Capital Plan. The teams will make full vertical accessibility at the stations by installing elevators and making other improvements in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The proposals offer will be evaluated based on qualitative factors as well as cost and schedule.

“The Capital Plan’s historic USD 5.2 billion investment in accessibility brings us one step closer to creating the equitable transit system New Yorkers deserve,” Patrick Foye, the Chairman of MTA said.

The Request for Qualifications seeks new contractors for 17 metro stations, 3 stations on the Staten Island Railway, 2 LIRR stations and one Metro-North station.

Work at each station will generally include the design and construction for two to three new elevators per station, structural and excavation work to accommodate new elevator installations, electrical power upgrades, when necessary, station communications systems upgrades, relocation of existing public and transit utilities, replacement, relocation and/or addition of staircases and the reconstruction of entire platform edges and/or reconstruction of ADA boarding areas.

Additional work may be necessary based on existing conditions at the stations include platform reconstruction, windscreen and canopy replacement, architectural finishes replacement, structural steel and concrete repairs, waterproofing and lighting and communication systems replacement.

The historic 2020-2024 Capital Plan will invest USD 51.5 billion across the region’s metro, buses, commuter rail systems and bridges and tunnels over the next five years. The plan includes USD 40 billion to NYC Transit’s metro system and bus network, with priority given to accelerating accessibility. Within the next five years, 50 metro stations will become more accessible, and under the 2024 capital plan, a total of 70 stations will see modern accessibility standards.


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