In this week’s print edition, we wrote about the potential effects of federal stimulus dollars on New York’s infrastructure, noting that a requirement that the money be spent quickly mostly wipes away any dreams local officials had of ambitious Washington-funded expansions.
In order to show elected officials and the federal government that stimulus dollars could indeed go out to bid within a few months, the city and state have created lists and examples of projects that could qualify for such money.
For the most part, the lists—which officials stressed are not prioritized and simply show projects that could be candidates for funds—focus on renovations and repairs, offering projects that are prepared but under-funded or otherwise ready to go. (Examples of potential state-led transportation projects that include M.T.A. ones are here, higher education projects here, and housing projects here. The city did not provide any specific lists, but gave project examples in a letter to elected officials here.)
Some examples of projects:
- $12.5 million for an $18 million paving job for the I-95 bridge over the Byram River in Westchester County
- $200 million for the Fulton Street Transit Center, which the state now lists as a $1.37 billion job (up from $1.15 billion at last public estimate)
- $290 million for rehabilitation of 10 New York City Transit elevated subway stations
- $54 million for reconstruction and renovation jobs at City College’s main Shepard Hall building.
- $20 million for water and sewer infrastructure in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Based on the House Democratic stimulus bill being debated now in Congress, New York would automatically receive, based on formulas, a few billion for various types of infrastructure projects. Transit in the state would get about $857 million, much of which would go to the M.T.A., and potentially more could go to the agency under other transportation funding streams. (Minutes ago, the House just voted to increase the amount of funding for transit by a third, which presumably would change the New York funding level proportionally). About $1.35 billion would go to road and highway projects in the state, based on the federal formulas.