Monday, June 1, 2009

June 1, 2009

The following e-mail from the MTA arrived in my inbox this morning:

From: 2 Ave Subway
Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 9:01 AM


Supplemental Environmental Assessment to the
Second Avenue Subway
Final Environmental Impact Statement:
72nd and 86th Street Station Entrance Alternatives (EA)

This is to inform you that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have completed a Supplemental Environmental Assessment to the Second Avenue Subway Final Environmental Impact Statement: 72nd and 86th Street Station Entrance Alternatives (EA), providing the environmental analyses of MTA’s proposed entrance modifications at the northern ends of the Second Avenue Subway 72nd Street and 86th Street Stations.

This EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for FTA as lead federal agency.

As described in the EA, the proposed entrance modifications would not result in significant adverse impacts in any impact category.

The EA is available for public review at the following locations:

  • MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor Law Library

  • Federal Transit Administration, One Bowling Green, Room 429

  • Manhattan Community Board 8 Offices, 505 Park Avenue, Suite 620

  • Online at
MTA will hold a public hearing on the Second Avenue Subway EA on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at The DoubleTree Metropolitan Hotel, Metro Ballroom, 569 Lexington Avenue, at 6 PM.

Doors open at 5 PM and project staff will be available at that time.

UPDATE 7/1/2009:
The FTA and the MTA announced today that the deadline for the public to provide comments, on the EA, has been pushed back. The new deadline for submitting written comments on the EA is now 5:30 PM on July 31, 2009. Any written comments or materials regarding the EA that are received on or before that time will be made part of the record.

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In other news...

The MTA has announced, on their web site, that Second Avenue Subway Contract 2A (referenced by the MTA as Contract C-26005) was awarded on 5/28/09 to E. E. Cruz and Tully Construction Co., a Joint Venture, LLC.

Contract 2A covers heavy civil and site work in and around the 96th Street station. Also included in this contract is the excavation work required to connect the new station at 96th Street to the existing 2nd Avenue subway tunnel just north of 99th Street.

The award amount was $303,863,700.

Also, the MTA opened and awarded the bid for Second Avenue Subway Contract 5A (referenced by the MTA as Contract C-26013) on 5/21/2009. The low bid for this contract was was placed by J. D'Annunzio & Sons, Inc.

Contract 5A covers preliminary excavation work, as well as utility relocation and road decking for the 2nd Avenue Subway 86th Street station location.

The low bid for Contract 5A was $34,070,039.


Anonymous said...

What does opening a bid mean, where there is a low bid?

Ben said...

Here's how the bidding process worked for Contract 5A:

- Vendors submitted bids to the MTA.

- The bids were then opened in a public meeting at the location, date, and time specified in the Invitation For Bid (IFB).

- The contract was then awarded to the qualified vendor submitting the lowest bid.

(I paraphrased this answer using information that I found on the MTA's Procurement web page."

Hope this helps.


Anonymous said...

so they just go with the lowest bid - or do they actually review the bids to see which is the best - the fact that there was $20mm between these bids worries me

Ben said...

A bid is only awarded after the MTA has determined that the vendor is qualified to meet the terms detailed in the bid documents.

And yes, it's quite normal that there are wide differences in bid amount between vendors.

For further details on the MTA's procurement process please visit this web link:
NYC Transit Procurement Links of Interest

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

Do you have any idea of the expected starting date of this project? I live on 86th and 2nd avenue and I am pretty worried about the noise it will create...



Ben said...

I haven't heard when they plan to start work near the future site of the 86th street station.

But if I had to guess I would say July or August, which would be about as long (3 months) as it took them to start work on the Launch Box site, after the 1st contract was awarded.