When it comes to the new L train repair designs, she's reminded of the old adage: “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”
Gimme a break
Meanwhile, MTA director Veronique Hakim will be responsible for supervising it
(I don't know what the distinction is, but asking)
He and WSP came up with the old shutdown plan and the new repair proposal.
WSP's bridge expert Mike Abrahams here, along with L train contractor Judlau, with their director of health/safety/environment
MTA official says unclear who reports to who or whether Andy Byford objected to the new line of accountability.
Now, WSP's Jannetti says it can handle it, because the new system requires 60% fewer bolts
"It is a fairly well-used material here and other parts of the globe," WSP's Jannetti says.
It's used on 7 line extension, Second Ave. subway and on bridges.
Again, new construction - not rehab of an old, underwater tunnel
First question: did you know about this tech three years ago?
"We're very confident with the plan and in fact we wouldn't propose a plan we didn't think would be safe and durable."
"Longevity of course is hard to say in these harsh environments. If maintained this could last decades. this is a generational investment, not a Band-aid."
“We still think this is a good Sandy recovery and resiliency project”
Judlau official says silica dust a factor in NYC projects
"40 years is just not as long term as I'd like to think"
wants an L train repair plan that is longer lasting
“One of the big reasons they gave (for the L shutdown) was the silica”
It's about adding "Wrench time" to work orders
"Typically, now we're getting at least 5 hours of wrench time which is a good amount of time to actually do the work."
Trottenberg does not agree that five hours of wrench time is sufficient
"It's difficult for... us to say how long these some of these fixes will last.
As long as they're maintained... certainly they could hit the 50 years but really, its just hard to say b/c what will happen?"
But one, Andrew Saul, of Westchester, requested to call in.
He is questioning the contractors - the same firms that did the old plan are working on the new plan
That's contrary to what Andy Byford said - that they did in fact pass on the concept originally
“A way has been come up - better late than never - that will not disrupt peoples lives and their quality of life.”
He wonders why MTA is using the same team after it gave bad advice on the L shutdown
"We have that exact same team with very few other experts, now evaluating that very same decision and saying, 'oh our decision was wrong 5 years ago but now we think that this new approach is right.'"
Now, Weisbrod wants a private meeting without influence of MTA brass to go thru the L train plans
“(New L train repair plan) is not as advantageous as a complete replacement, that is true."
Polly Trottenberg: “Is the decision made? Do we have any actual role here?”
Polly Trottenberg: "You think in the end, it will be the board's decision?
Ferrer: "That's what I'm saying"
Ferrer cuts his own mic to answer, but unclear what he said.
"If you're for inconveniencing 275,000 people, say so. If you're not, that's OK too."
"That's not very much," MTA board member Norm Brown, a machinist, says.
WSP's Mike Abrahams says the polymer is flammable:
“It will melt and it will give off fumes.”
Pat Foye asks if NYT headline today is true - that MTA passed on the cable racking plan.
They did - Andy Byford and former MTA officials said as much.
Whatever WSP's Jannetti thinks of accuracy is just semantics
Now, the press gets its chance to ask questions
“Not there yet on when the contracts will be coming before the board because we haven't concluded renegotiations.”
“I asked Capital Construction to do it because it brings more technical resources to the table” and that Byford has his hands full running NYCT, Ferrer says