Sunday, December 10, 2006

Transit projects on deck Governor-elect Spitzer wheels out his priorities

Times Herald-Record

"Eliot Spitzer hasn't even taken office yet, but the governor-elect already knows what he wants to accomplish by the end of his second term in 2014:
"‰Build the first of four segments of a new subway line beneath Second Avenue between 63rd and 96th streets, on Manhattan's East Side. Cost: $3.8 billion for the first segment and $10.5 billion for the other three.
"‰Create a new hub for the Long Island Rail Road at Grand Central Terminal and add a third track in Queens and Nassau County. Cost: $6.3 billion plus who-knows-how-much for a third track — and not counting the state comptroller's estimate that the project is $2.4 billion over budget.
"‰Repair or replace the Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties with or without bus rapid transit or commuter rail. Cost: $500,000 to $14.5 billion depending on which of six options is chosen.
The ambition is staggering. After all, he's only talking about his priorities in one part of a famously balkanized state where transportation funding is still on life support despite an infusion of $2.9 billion from the bond act that voters approved last year."

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