MTA Deficit Leads to Simplified 2nd Ave Subway

Faced with the need to cut service and hike fares, the MTA is cutting back on major construction projects. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that the latest cut is to a section of the Second Avenue subway.

REPORTER: Originally, the MTA wanted to build an extra bypass track at the 72nd Street station, so traffic could continue to move even if a train stalled while at the platform. But in order to save $90 million, the authority's capital construction committee voted Monday to go with a simpler two-track version instead.

The cheaper design may cause a few delays once the subway line gets up and running in the year 2015. But the real rub is that redesigning the station at this stage will cost an extra $26 million. The head of the MTA's construction company, Michael Horodniceanu, says that still nets a savings of about $65 million. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

REPORTER: The first phase of the new subway line will stretch from 125th to 63rd streets and is expected to cost more than $4 billion.