Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 23, 2009

So now it's official -- MTA Capital Construction has pushed back the planned completion date for Phase One of the Second Avenue Subway to . . . somewhere between July 2016 and July 2017. This according various news reports (noted below) and this slide from a recent MTA board presentation.

And if that wasn't bad enough, the Federal Transit Administration apparently has an even more pessimistic view of the schedule. They now estimate the completion date to be somewhere between August 2017 and June 2018.

Oy vey!

Source: MTA Capital Construction presentation to the Construction, Planning and Real Estate Committee of the MTA Board - 7/22/09

These links provide much more detail on this sorry state of affairs:

Further Delays Possible for Second Avenue Subway"
The New York Times - 7/22/09

" 'You can hold me accountable': MTA construction chief says no more delays to Second Ave."
NY Daily News - 7/22/09

"Feds see possible $5.7B SAS completed in 2018"
2nd. Ave. Sagas - 7/23/09

"Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Calls For Immediate Inspector General Investigation of New Delay in 2nd Avenue Subway"

Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

Community Board 8 Presentation: Construction Update

"You Get in the Hole"
Life on Second - 7/14/09
drawings and commentary by the artist Dominick Santise


Anonymous said...

Think the MTA, city - everyone involved has to re-evaluate what is going on...2018 is too long and too expensive - no one agreed to that when the original numbers were planned....all that money and time and displacement for a few subway stops????

Anonymous said...

It woulda been cheaper to leave the @nd and 3rd Avenue Els up. :-{