Second chance?
Mar 08, 2016 | 10183 views | 1 1 comments | 429 429 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

I would not bet on MTA President Tom Prendergast's recent claim expressing confidence for a Second Avenue subway opening day in December 2016.

Based upon previous history of delays, cost overruns and budget issues, don't be surprised if this date is missed.

It was recently reported that the MTA is attempting to bill $375 million in utility relocation work to Con Edison, National Grid, Key Span and Brooklyn Union Gas. These costs are normally considered part of any overall transportation project scope.

In the past, they have been paid by the MTA. Why, nine years later, is the MTA attempting to pass on these costs?


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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Pedro Valdez Rivera
March 26, 2016
Larry Penner, you are my inspiration to be the as much realistic as neutral centralist as it should be that focuses on the issue that matters most to me: Public Transportation in the MTA Region. Note: In a recent college graduate with a BA in History and pursuing a MA in Urban Studies in the considerable future, with a critical focus on improving mass transit in my community in the most factual and transparent was possible. I know that I read your letters on the dire situations on the MTA and the Dysfunctional Port Authority and you are an expert on Public Transportation in the past four decades. My question to you is: What certain resources should I need to research on these serious issues, such as a book, a video, an article, a website, etc., which I need to focus on my interest like this? Disclaimer: I am a Rogue Research Reporter for the Riders Alliance, a grassroots organization fighting for affordable improved subway, bus and commuter rail service in NYC.