Big projects call for big changes at the MTA

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads


Day-to-day subway delays are emblematic of far larger institutional troubles that plague the MTA.

Take the costly quagmire known as the Second Avenue Subway. It’s the story of how not to do a major transportation project. In its saga are many lessons, and an opportunity to make significant changes in how our transportation agencies think about, plan, pay for and execute massive capital improvements. These are culture changes that could improve the day-to-day commute as well.

The effort to extend the subway up and down Second Avenue is important. But a report from the Regional Plan Association details a dark reality beneath shiny goals. First proposed in 1919, the project didn’t start until 2007. On the first phase, the MTA spent eight years and $4.5 billion, far more per mile of track than similar projects in Los Angeles and Paris. The second phase, extending the line to 125th Street…

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Cuomo To Delta: Move To New York If Your Home State Can’t Control Gun Sales

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited Delta to move it airliner headquarters to New York state since the Peach State’s gun control policies pale in comparison to the Empire State.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited Delta Airlines to move its headquarters to New York on Tuesday, Feb. 27, boasting that the Empire State’s gun-control laws are superior to Georgia, where Delta is headquartered.

Cuomo, seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2020 said gun politics ain’t so peachy in the Peach State.

The Democratic governor’s invitation followed Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle attack on Atlanta-based Delta for ending a discount program for members of the National Rifle Association.

Delta is one of a expanding list of national corporations — including Dick’s Sporting Goods — that cut ties with assault weapons and the NRA after the Feb. 14 mass shooting, in which 17 students and staff were killed by a…

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