From the Chairman: October 2014
It’s difficult to believe that two years have passed since Superstorm Sandy swept ashore, severely crippling our operations and disrupting service for millions of customers. Since then, MTA employees and contractors have worked virtually non-stop to repair damage caused by the storm and fortify the system so that in the future it will be less vulnerable to severe weather events.
While we have accomplished much throughout the MTA’s vast system we still have years of work ahead. Throughout the MTA system a total of $3.3 billion worth of work is currently underway.
The region’s economy rides on New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and Bridges and Tunnels. While our employees have made a level of contribution that is impossible to quantify, we have also depended on the skills and expertise of experienced construction contractors, whose support has also been immeasurable. I must also take this opportunity to thank our customers for their patience while we perform this vital work.
We are about to award a contract for the rebuilding of the South Ferry Terminal Station at the southern end of the No. 1 Line. Contracts have already been awarded for the permanent repair of the Long Beach Branch of the LIRR. Repair work is currently underway at the LIRR’s Long Island City Yard, and the design of protective measures for the yard is ongoing.
Metro-North expects to award a design-build contract in early 2015 to make permanent repairs to power, signal and communications assets along 16 miles of the Hudson Line. Bridges & Tunnels has received bids for permanent repairs to the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and the award is anticipated in November 2014. Award of a contract for permanent repairs to the Queens Midtown Tunnel is expected in winter 2015. Permanent repairs are ongoing at both the Marine Parkway and Verrazano Narrows Bridges.
This is all vital work that we cannot handle alone, and I certainly want to send out my thanks to our partners. We have been provided tremendous support by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They have provided funding, support and assistance in an historic rebuilding effort that will make the MTA network significantly stronger and far more resilient.
Thomas F. Prendergast
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