Yesterday, the MTA presented its 2015-2019 Capital Program, a proposal (PDF) that, as the agency puts it, "details its plan to ensure safe and reliable service for a growing region by investing in the subway, bus, commuter railroad, bridge and tunnel network." And half of it is for the subways.

The total Capital Program is $32 billion, and the MTA outlined how it would spend $15.5 billion on its lines and stations over the five years, noting, "This Program will continue the revitalization of our subway system by purchasing 940 subway cars, modernizing 11 signal interlockings, replacing more than 80 miles of track, and many other critical investments. New cars will improve customer communication with electronic strip maps, automated announcements, and two-way customer intercoms. Station repairs will improve customer comfort and safety throughout the system, while new elevators make 13 more stations fully accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Signal improvements—including Communications-Based Train Control—will boost capacity and reliability." In other words, the MTA is working on it!

SUBWAY CARS

$2.775 billion: Purchase 940 sixty-foot R-211 subway cars to begin replacing R46 cars

STATIONS
$2.898 billion:
Station renewal at 20 stations on six lines - $448 million
Station repairs systemwide to replace deficient components such as stairs, platforms, lighting, and signage - $890 million
Reconfigure areas of Grand Central and Times Square stations to improve passenger
circulation - $185 million
New Fare Payment System investments - $250 million
New elevators at 13 stations for ADA accessibility - $561 million
Replace 46 elevators and 35 escalators - $436 million

TRACK
$1.962 billion:
Replace 84 miles of track and 175 switches

LINE EQUIPMENT
$723 million:
Replace 6.1 miles of tunnel lighting - $79 million
Install two new vent plants, rehab one vent plant, and repair fan plant systems, which remove smoke and heat - $557 million
Rehabilitate pumping systems to remove water from the system - $87 million

LINE STRUCTURES
$823 million:
Rehabilitate segments of four elevated lines and repair structural components on various other lines - $496 million
Paint 13.9 miles of elevated structures on seven lines - $274 million
Rehabilitate emergency exits - $53 million
Remove unneeded structures - $10 million

SHOPS & YARDS
$357 million:
Rehabilitate segments of four elevated lines and repair structural components on various other lines - $496 million
Paint 13.9 miles of elevated structures on seven lines - $274 million
Rehabilitate emergency exits - $53 million
Remove unneeded structures - $10 million

SIGNALS & COMMUNICATIONS
$3.179 billion
Install advanced CBTC [Communications-Based Train Control] signals on the Queens Blvd. and 6th Avenue lines - $676 million
Modernize 11 signal interlockings on five lines- $1.355 billion
Improve conventional signals by replacing cables, control lines, and relays - $438 million
Upgrade communications networks, including telecommunications equipment, cabling, and radios - $217 million
Complete the rollout of Help Points to all subway stations to bolster customer communications and safety - $156 million
Upgrade train arrival information systems at more stations - $209 million
Test and deploy platform/trackway safety systems - $56 million

TRACTION POWER
$1.339 billion
Modernize and repair power facilities like substations, circuit breaker houses, and other equipment - $591 million
Repair power cable and control systems - $190 million
Add/upgrade power facilities for service using advanced CBTC signals - $557 million

SERVICE VEHICLES
$260 million
Purchase heavy-duty rail and road vehicles to support construction and operations - $260 million

MISC.
$833 million
Progress designs, project scopes, engineering services, and MIS - $442 million
Install fire safety systems and remediate hazardous materials - $55 million
Repair and upgrade employee facilities, administrative and operations buildings, police facilities, and security systems - $336 million

SIRTOA [Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority]
$372 million
Replace the SIR fleet - $221 million
Add three new power substations - $90 million
Upgrade and repair track, power systems, stations, and radio systems - $60 million

As you can see, this doesn't even include the Second Avenue Subway—another $1.535 billion is needed to complete that. Here's a fun fact from the MTA to generate enough public support for that expenditure: "NYC Transit’s Lexington Avenue subway is the only north-south route serving the East Side. Carrying more passengers than any other subway line in the United States, the “Lex” alone carries 1.3 million riders each weekday, which is greater than the ridership of the entire transit systems in San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston combined."

The entire plan is being presented to the MTA's board. Crain's reports, "The approved plan will be submitted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature by Oct. 1. Funding for roughly half the plan has not been identified."