New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday officially unveiled an online dashboard that tracks the fiscal and physical progress of the agency’s numerous capital projects. The information will include every item in the 2010-2014 capital plan, and also includes some projects, recently completed or still in progress, listed in the 2005-2009 plan.
Individuals using the dashboard can review project proposals, related budgets or budget estimates, and project schedules. MTA Chairman and CEO Jay Walder, citing the dashboard as another technological means to make the agency more transparent and accountable—and less vulnerable to sniping by state elected officials leveraging MTA’s operational woes to score political points—said, “The Dashboard provides an unprecedented level of detail and information on our capital projects.”
“From station improvements to the purchase of equipment, signal improvements to updates on the Second Avenue Subway, the Dashboard will allow anyone to monitor the MTA’s new approach to capital projects designed to keep the 2010-2014 Capital Program on schedule and on budget—all with a few clicks of the mouse,” Walder said.
“I believe the MTA has taken a significant step in providing MTA managers, public officials, and the public itself a more user friendly tool to track the progress, in dollars and time, of capital projects,” said MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger. “I am particularly gratified that MTA has accepted the recommendation made in our Dashboard Report to make it a more transparent and useful reporting tool to the public.”