When a $4B Subway Is Like a Chevy

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

secondstreetConsider it the MTA's 'Special Olympics' moment: an attempt at self-deprecation that sorely backfires. The head of the MTA's Capital Construction Company, Michael Horodniceanu, on Monday told board members about the need to scale back the 72nd Street station in the Second Avenue Subway line, currently under construction. Instead of including a third track that would allow trains to bypass trains that are stalled in the station, the MTA decided to save $90 million by going with a two-track version instead. Of course, that means that, once the subway line is up and running six years from now, there may be some extra delays. Horodniceanu struggled to explain this change to people at the meeting by saying 'We're getting a Chevy.' MTA Board Dale Hemmerdinger then agreed.

Here's the clip:

Horodniceanu quickly apologized and said he didn't want to give riders the impression that they were getting anything less than a great subway line. As for what Detroit thought about being used as a metaphor for a cheaper, less effective option ... well, let's assume they've got other things on their minds.

Here's our full story on the design change.


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