The MTA Tunnel To Nowhere

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LIA president Kevin Law said the latest projection of delays “doesn’t concern us.” [I’m glad he’s not concerned, it’s not his money.]

 

The MTA is building a tunnel that never nears completion at great cost to taxpayers. This tunnel, except for the first year, will always be finished seven years from now. If you don’t believe me, look at the chart above.

The East Side Access plan, which Lhota called the “largest public works project currently going on in the United States,” will link the LIRR to Grand Central through newly bored tunnels in Manhattan and Queens.

The reasons for the consistent 7 year delays are: It’s complicated, tunnel boring is a problem, the ground is soft, sometimes it freezes, Amtrak workers are needed but the feds are sending them elsewhere, and there are funding shortfalls [of course, when a 13 year project becomes a 23 year project with no end in sight that becomes expensive.]

Why didn’t our “planners” know about these possible complications beforehand? It would have saved millions if they had.

LIA president Kevin Law said the latest projection of delays “doesn’t concern us.” [I’m glad he’s not concerned, not his money.] He added, “It’s bound to have some delays because of all the complications.”  [Would those be the obvious complications that you failed to plan for?]

This is what happens when you have enormous big government with no oversight. The MTA supervises themselves and they have endless funds from the taxpayers.

Look at New York and weep for your state because this will be coming to you under the banner of Big Out of Control Government. Read about it in Newsday 

Read more about MTA Waste –

Daily News…As the MTA clobbers New Yorkers with massive fare and toll hikes this week, a Daily News investigation finds the agency riddled with redundant costs and wasteful spending.

The bloat starts at the very top, where several agency presidents receive thousands of dollars in housing allowances even though they’re in easy commuting distance from their jobs.

It continues in the duplicative assignment of the same tasks to different workers in the seven agencies, such as Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North, that are under the umbrella of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Monday, the agency’s finance panel signs off on the plan to boost weekly and monthly MetroCards, commuter rail fares and bridge and tunnel tolls – insisting they’ve done all they can to trim costs and need more cash.

On Wednesday, the full MTA board, including members controlled by Gov. Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg, are set to give their approval.

What The News found raises questions about the MTA’s proclaimed effort to root out duplicate costs.

Four years ago, the MTA was warned to reign in its bureaucracy by reducing duplicative jobs. Since then, it’s done little in response, cutting only a handful of administrative jobs.

The News obtained four of the MTA’s biggest payrolls under the Freedom of Information Law; other agencies have yet to turn over their payrolls.

The records show that in the coming year the agency plans to expand the number of jobs from 69,973 to 70,469. In subsequent years the number of jobs will be reduced by a tiny amount – 138 – leaving the number of workers still above the current level…

Consider this –

  • Instead of one president, there are eight – the MTA chief and seven agencies.
  • Instead of one chief financial officer, there are six CFOs.
  • Instead of a central staff, each agency has its own lawyers, auditors and payroll clerks…Read more: Daily News
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