What ARE the mysterious $100M metal towers popping up at tunnels and bridges all over New York and why won’t the MTA say?

Thursday, September 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

The MTA Gateway Towers have popped up at the entrances of NYC tunnels
But the MTA has come under fire for spending $100 million on the project
Gov Andrew Cuomo announced last year the redesign of bridges and tunnels
But MTA boardmembers and residents have no idea how the technology works
MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said the towers include ‘whatever fiber optics are necessary for those Homeland Security items’
Shams Tarek, a spokesman for the MTA, said the towers ‘host cameras, traffic monitoring and other equipment related to homeland security

By VALERIE EDWARDS
DAILYMAIL.COM
28 September 2017

New York’s public transportation system has come under fire for spending a whopping $100 million on mysterious metal towers that have popped up at the entrances of tunnel as many New Yorkers remain baffled over how they work.

The 30-feet-tall MTA Gateway Towers are a part of Gov Andrew Cuomo’s $100 million vision to redesign the MTA’s bridges and tunnels in the city.

But not everyone knows the purpose of these towers, including folks on the MTA board.

‘I don’t actually know what those are,’ Neal Zuckerman, an MTA boardmember, told Politico.

The towers will soon start appearing at bridges, and by the time the project is completed there will be a total of 18 across the city.

New York resident, Jose Lugo, told CBS that the towers started to appear after the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toll booths came down.

But, he said, ‘we don’t really know what’s the purpose of this’.

Reinvent Albany, a New York-based watchdog group, believes the towers are just for decoration.

‘It’s a bit mind-boggling that the MTA is approving $100 million for what appears to us to be big, decorative pylons,’ John Kaehny, the leader of Reinvent Albany, told CBS.

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