Watchdog Praise for MTA Capital Plan Open Data

Statement Thanking MTA For Publishing 2020-2024 Capital Plan Project List As Open Data
Reinvent Albany thanks MTA CEO/Chair Foye and MTA staff for publishing a spreadsheet of capital plan projects. This follows Foye’s commitment in April 2019 to revamp the MTA’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Data processes.

We welcome this transparency and appreciate this opportunity to praise the MTA. We hope this will create momentum for MTA to publish far more open data per Governor Cuomo’s 2013 Open Data State Executive Order.

Consistent with CEO/Chair Foye’s pledge to improve MTA transparency, we also urge the MTA and Governor Cuomo to tell the public which projects from the massive 2020-2024 capital plan will be built first, second, third etc., what the estimated start and completions dates for these projects are and how much the MTA realistically expects to be able to spend on capital projects each year. See our report on MTA capital spending for our detailed recommendations.