Sandhogs and the Second Avenue Line

Sandhogs show on History Channel

There’s this new TV show on the History Channel called Sandhogs.  No, we’re not being paid to write this, so everyone relax.

This is a whole reality show is about a crew of guys that dig massive tunnels for a living.  Makes it sound easy, but it’s not.  They are digging a huge water tunnel to for the Croton Filtration plant in the Bronx.

Anyway, the show reminded me of what it must be like to dig the Second Avenue Subway line.  I’d imaging the diameter of the tube is much bigger because it’s go to fit trains, but it must be kind of the same.

The city is supposed to bring in a TBM to dig the tunnel.  Honestly, I have no idea if there’s even one here yet.  I haven’t heard anything about the TBM’s in at least a year.  In light of all the construction delays, I guess it doesn’t really matter.

An interesting show for guys that liked to play with toy trucks and diggers when they were kids.

MTA: “Fellas…where’d that $3 billion go?”

That’s what the MTA is saying these days when they look at the capital improvement budget.  There’s a gaping $3 billion hole smack in the middle of the budget responsible for general repairs and maintenance of the transit system.

Yep.  $3 Billion.  Oops.

“The [CAPITAL] program has some shortfalls in it,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Elliot Sander said at an agency board meeting. [AMNY]

Uhhh yeah, “shortfall” is an understatement.

While mega-projects like the Second Avenue subway are not affected, the “nitty-gritty” work of station repairs and upgrades, signal replacements, or purchase of new cars could suffer, said MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin. {AMNY]

You know, just the minor things like repairs, and track signals.  And really, how badly do we really need working brakes?