Subway Structures Good, Other Elements Need Rehab

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 11, Pg. 66-69

Document Type: Feature article


Capital spending priorities of New York City's Transit Authority have shifted, as it postponed indefinitely the construction of all but one new line—the line from 63rd St. in Manhattan running to Jamaica, Queens. Today some 75% of TA's capital dollars are going into rehabilitation and modernization of existing lines, all from 40 to 75 years old. Happily, the elevated structures appear to be in rather good condition, despite ages up years; 75 years among reasons are that the TA salt, apply salt has open bridge so water drains off quickly, and more repainting of structures may have been done than by the city's Highway Dept. Tunnels, too appear generally to be in good shape despite their age; however in 1979 the TA will contract for an in-depth inspection by an engineering firm of its underwater tunnel. Rolling stock is in relatively good shape, so TA is putting most capital dollars into (1)Modernizing antiquated signal systems and electric power systems, and

Subject Headings: Assets | Salt water | Electrical systems | Subways | Structural members | Rehabilitation | Aging (material) | Highway bridges | New York | United States | New York City | Jamaica | Caribbean

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