Public can weigh in on MTA's $50 billion capital plan

NEW YORK (AP) — The public can weigh in on a plan for New York to spend over $50 billion on commuter infrastructure projects over the next five years.

New York's Democratic-led state Legislature is holding a hearing Tuesday at the Assembly hearing room in New York City.

The Metropolitan Transportation Agency's plan comes as it faces scrutiny over the performance of its subway and calls to modernize the system.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says the MTA's plan will improve the lives of riders.

The plan includes $51.5 billion of investments in subways, buses and commuter railroads, as well as $3.3 billion for investments in bridges and tunnels.

The MTA board approved the plan Sept. 25 and it now awaits approval from a board of elected officials including Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.