Second avenue subway scaled down
The Second Avenue subway will be more economy, less luxury.
That's how a transit official put it when the MTA board voted Monday to scale back the $16 billion project in light of growing costs.
We're getting a Chevy, said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction.
To save money, the MTA is removing the new line's third track that would have allowed trains to bypass stalled cars. The switch will result in longer wait times when cars go out of service.
It will make it much slower if you have a problem, said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.
Horodniceanu said the change will save $90 million, but the MTA is spending $26 million to revise the subway's original three-track design.