New York Daily News
Throw $66M more at train
THE MTA HAS to shell out $66 6 million to get the Second Ave. . subway open on time, agency offi--cials told its board on Monday.
The money — taken from a con--struction “contingency” fund, , leaving it with $50 million — will l cover longer and extra shifts for r contractors to complete work onn escalators and elevators, stationn finishes and start testing of equip--ment and power systems.
“The opening of the Second d Ave. subway with operations at t four separate stations presents lo--gistical challenges which are un--precedented in a modern-day y New York City Transit operation,” an agency document presented to the MTA board said.
“With this enormous challenge in mind and the understanding that there needs to be a massive mobilization of employee crews and equipment over a relatively short period of time, it is financially and operationally crucial that the system be ready as planned.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is racing to finish the long-delayed megaproject that will bring the Q train to the Lexington Ave.-63rd St. station, and three new stops at 72nd, 86th and 96th Sts.
Construction on the $4.5 billion project began in 2007.
MTA construction officials have been adamant about their ability to meet their goal of a December opening. Crews started work on the accelerated schedule in January, so that the MTA could start testing systems by September.
But the independent engineer who oversees the the Second Ave. subway project, Kent Haggas, has been warning MTA officials that they could blow their deadline.
That fear remained unchanged on Monday, despite the expedited work schedule.
“Although the acceleration certainly improves the outlook for completion in December,” Haggas said, “the project remains with a moderate risk to that completion date.”