NEW YORK | East Side Access

https://new.mta.info/press-release/icymi-governor-cuomo-announces-completion-of-major-construction-of-east-side-access

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Can’t wait for this to be finally finished.

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The amount of money spent on this thing didn’t make sense pre-pandemic, and now it’s twice as bad.

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On the contrary, this is one of the most important U.S. transit projects built in the U.S. in generations. Probably at least since WW2.

East Side Access provides a direct rail connection to the largest and most important business district on the planet. It should have been completed decades ago, but finally wrapping up.

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I disagree, this is just the cost to build projects like this these days.

Cars are dying and we need to bring the world into the 21st century.

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It’s the cost here and that’s why we can’t build anything. The second leg of the second ave. subway is now budgeted for more than $6 billion for 1.5 miles of track, much of which is already dug. The first leg cost 5 times what a similar project in Paris cost.

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Thats because places like Paris actually support public projects that benefit society at large, not individual pocketbooks. In this country we have one party that try’s to derail any government project before it even gets off the ground, which leads to delays and cost over runs. I’ve seen it 100’s of times.

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I get your point but only about 1/3 of the tunnel has been dug, mainly around the housing projects.

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I also don’t think that Paris is sitting on anything like Manhattan schist which must be much more difficult to bore through and therefore more expensive. Although I do agree that building costs are crazy in NYC. The unions have a lot to do with that.

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It’s not the schist, but it doesn’t really even matter what the causes are because unless they can make meaningful cost reductions for building infrastructure, US cities are never going to be able to make the kinds of improvements other world cities do. Paris is building something like 125 new miles of track - New York is doing about 2% of that. I’m not saying East Side Access isn’t a useful project - just that it’s not worth the cost. This is an argument for another thread or forum, so I’ll drop it at this point.

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Here you go.
Eat your heart out.

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About 3 weeks ago. An overview

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Around 5 or so months left until it opens completely. Can’t wait

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$11B for East Side Access and London is building a 90 mph 62 mile long train line for $25B?