Wednesday, January 31, 2007

2nd Avenue Subway: maybe, maybe not


Will the 2nd Avenue subway be built at the expense of smaller but equally important projects?

Rising Costs Put New York Transit Projects at Risk of Delay

"Mr. Russianoff said he was concerned that officials might push ahead with such high-profile undertakings while sacrificing some of the smaller projects needed to keep the transit system in good shape, like buying new subway and rail cars and making station repairs."

Yes, Gene, it looks like they are pushing ahead: Second Ave. subway dig to begin in March

How far do you think they'll get before they say they have no money and stop?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is so funny. Let's start talking about the infrastructure projects the next time we hear a breathless call for more development. Let's ask our city, our officials, and the papers that developers money pay for, rather than the taxpayer whose quality of life is negatively impacted by someone else's profitmaking scheme. For example, I understand for a fair-sized building to be connected to the grid costs well into the six figures - paid by you and me.

Anonymous said...

Of course it's full speed ahead for the 2nd Ave. Subway. This is critical to the yuppificantion and overdevelopment of the Lower East Side! Convenient transportation! Don't worry, they'll skim a lot of the tax money needed to build it from Queens. And, oh yes, you can kiss any worthy capital projects that our borough sorely needs good bye in the process!

Dagny Taggart said...

Anonymous ... I don't know why people have a problem with clean streets and a comfortable environment ... trash, unseemliness, and lack of easy access to environmentally sound subway systems are more to your liking...? Then you can have it. I would rather have 'yuppification' - as you say - than none at all. Change is natural and it is always needed ... sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad, but NY needs to be cleaned up ... it is one of our nations shining stars and I get tired of hearing my friends from all over the world saying how dirty it is ... if you travel outside of queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, a lot of other places do it better - especially in other countries. We in the U.S.A need to get out more.
- cheers

Anonymous said...

Don't understand Dagny's point about trash and unseemliness being connected to not having a subway. He apparently hasn't "gotten out" enough in this city to visit Chinatown which is rich in all three.