Saturday, September 21, 2019

Andrew Cuomo and the Curious Case of the $81 Million Elevator

You have to ask yourself: How is this possible?   Why does it cost so much to get anything built in NYC?  This isn't hard to determine.  All you need to do is have a thrid party review the proposals.  This is not hard.

Earlier this year, a Connecticut woman died after she fell trying to carry her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller down a staircase in a New York City subway station.

The accident once again raised the question: In 2019, how does the subway system in the Greatest City on Earth™ not have elevators in every station?

Nine months later, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has provided us with the answer: It costs $81 million to make a station wheelchair-accessible—between three to 10 times what peer cities pay for the same work. Eighty-one million dollars for an elevator, or perhaps two. It’s a scandalous figure, and one that says as much about the state of American public infrastructure at large as it does about New York. We’re no good at this, and no one seems to care.
But we are good at this. But municipalities and states are not good at this.  And the constraints and rules put on contractors is probably what is shackling contractors from doing projects in a reasonable time frame and a reasonable budget.

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