Second Avenue subway over budget? Heck yes!

So the Second Ave subway project is already over budget. Yeah, I know. I said “What a surprise,” when I heard that too. A shovel has not yet hit the ground and they are planning to start $54 million in the hole…so to speak.

Rising real estate prices will force the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pay about $54 million more than it had anticipated to buy five Upper East Side buildings and portions of 24 others to make way for construction of the Second Avenue subway, according to a new estimate provided to the authority.

Sometimes is makes me wonder why they even budget things like this. You know it’s going to go way over, and not just by a little bit. All they have to say is that they need more money, and the get it!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the new line. However, lets just cut through all bullshit. We all know they they are going to go through with it. Once it starts, there’s no way in hell they are going to stop in the middle. Knowing that, contractors purposely hide costs that “all of a sudden” show up after the project gets under way. Why? Because the extra costs will just get approved and swept under the carpet.

That’s why I’m sorta shocked about this real estate news. Isn’t it someone’s job to think about this stuff?

Here comes the Second Avenue Line.

“T” Time? AMNY has clearly been itching to use that headline, and this morning they finally did.

Anyway, the plans for the Second Ave subway line were released. Here’s some of the drawings.

Second Ave Line Map

They also had some artist renderings of what it will look like inside.

Mezzanine Level of T Line

Is that not the cleanest looking subway mezzanine you’ve ever seen? Are they launching a new technology that allows the subway to clean itself?

T Line

And a typical platform. It was a nice touch to add someone waiting for the elevator. Notice that they didn’t show him getting on the elevator. That’s because they want to show that there are elevators, but let’s be honest, they’ll rarely ever work. 🙂 Also, for the guy in the front with the suit case…”Backpacks and other large containers are subject to random search by the police.” Just a heads up.

Elliot “Lee” Sander, the MTA’s new executive director, and Chairman Peter Kalikow will approve the $333 million contract for the first phase of the project that critics thought would never happen.

“All of the sudden it turned from doubtful to inevitable and nobody quite knows when it happened,” Kalikow said at the last MTA board meeting.

Almost immediately after the contract is signed, construction trailers will start to line parts of Second Avenue in the East 90s, MTA officials said. –AMNY

So from this spring until 2013, hold your breath upper-east-siders. It’s going to be a noisey couple years. I was hoping Second Avenue Sagas would have something to say on the matter, but nothing as of yet. I’m sure he will have something up soon. In the mean time, I’ll stick with Chuck.

UPDATE:

As expected, Second Avenue Sagas came through with a post on this story. I knew it would only be a matter of minutes!

The New “T” Line (aka 2nd Ave Line)

t.jpgOk East Siders, don’t get your panties in a twist. There isn’t really a subway running under 2nd Ave that you didn’t know about.

However, we guess this is the proposed line map. We have no idea if it is real or bogus. SubChat posted it earlier. It looks pretty legtit, but who knows.

By the looks of things, it will make getting to those dark, hole in the wall bars on the Lower East Side a little easier to get to! If only they extended it to connect with the 2/3 above Central Park North. Then you could make a whole loop.

Personally, SUBWAYblogger wishes there were a couple more cross town options. A shuttle like train under Central Park would be nice. Then maybe one a little more down town. That would be a great improvement.

Anyway, click the map to see the full size version, but don’t get your hopes up. The “T” isn’t expected until 2020.