MTA's Biggest Projects Over Budget and Behind Schedule

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 06:01 PM

East Side Access as January 25, 2012. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been drawing negative headlines and scrutiny because of recent performance problems, including last Thursday's evening rush hour power failure and last December's fatal derailment. But that's not all. Some of the MTA's biggest projects are way over budget and behind schedule.

The MTA's East Side Access project was supposed to be completed in 2009 and cost $4.3 billion, but now it won't be done until at least 2021 and its' costs have skyrocketed to more than $10 billion.

"Chairman Prendergast compared all the mining and excavation alone to the Panama Canal," O'Grady said. "It is the largest infrastructure project in North America."

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Re: Eastside Access. 2021?! The six train is so overcrowded now. It's so dangerous. And they had all those snarky ads that said "we'll be done in 2015." I didn't even realize 2009 was the original finish date. What is going on there?

Jan. 28 2014 12:23 PM
Gaurav from westchester

I am a user of both the subway and metro north. The latter has been a debacle recently. Scheduled times have been bumped up by almost 20% and yet the trains are running late. Relative to other countries we had some of the slowest trains to start with and they got slower.

The problems at MTA stem from the lack of any vision or long term approach. For example just looking at metro-north, the lines leaving from grand central use several different systems and carriage types. New haven is overhead, Harlem is third rail and Hudson line a different third rail. then there are diesel engines for certain parts. This is just a sign that we have a fragmented, dysfunctional system. If they wanted they could even churn more profits. Why is GCT not connected to Penn Station by a single subway? Why is GCT not connected to LGA? WHy not have a high speed wifi on the train (for a price?).Why not charge for tickets by credit card on board? Why do trains not have electric plugin points? Why not better displays in the train and on the station? There are so many questions. But MTA runs a monopoly controlled by politicians and unions that completely lacks any vision. We are still running at the same speed and on the same lines as decades ago.

Jan. 28 2014 12:06 PM

If the East Side Access Project is now going to be delayed again, what about the infamous Second Avenue Project? Do not be suprised folks, if the next project that might be delayed again will be the Second Avenue Subway.Moreover, that subway when first disigned, was supposed to go all the way up to CO-OP City in the Bronx. But, of course the M.T.A has no intentions of doing that at all. Not in our lifetimes. I think that it is about high time that a tremendous hue and cry from the mass transit riders be raised that the M.T.A be replaced with a new board that will eather build the projects as they were supposed to be or, backfill them alltogether.P

Jan. 28 2014 10:15 AM

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