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  • Anonymous

    Building a new TZ bridge that will increase carbon emissions is a slap in the face of everyone affected by Sandy.

  • Eric McClure

    @HamTech87:disqus , as the Governor has said, “we will build back(ward) better.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    I hope the bid sticks, and isn’t just a “get the nose in the tent and ramp up the change orders later” gambit.  Like we usually get.

    One wonders if a simpler replacement with one extra lane, for a bus lane in each direction, might have cost a more reasonable $2 billion or less.  We owe the Hudson Valley a replacement for the Tappan Zee,

    But who should pay for all the extras?  Did NYC get extra capacity when it rebuilt the four East River bridges in place?  Or when it repaired its transit system (CBTC aside capacity has gone down due to signaling changes to reduce accident risks).

  • J. Mork

    It’s about time we made the Staten Island Ferry free, so that Sandy volunteers can get there without any hardship.

  • Guest

    Uhh…the SI ferry is very much free already.

  • Anonymous

    NY has an opportunity to so something seriously useful with payphones. With a screen interface, a credit card reader, and a thermal printer, a payphone can be the place to charge a metrocard, hail a cab, buy a parking slip, pay a parking ticket, get a City Bike day pass, all sorts of stuff. 

  • Anonymous

    I am disgusted that the city actually has the nerve to ask the public to find some new reason to justify the thousands of garish, pee-soaked, sticker-covered, sidewalk-obstructing, view-impeding billboards known as “pay phones” that plague the streets. Sidewalk clutter is a huge problem, as is the visual blight of outdoor advertising. We don’t need to invent new uses for these things – we need to get rid of them!

  • Joe R.

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus I’ve never understood why bids for public projects don’t stick. Once one party wins the bid, it becomes a legally enforceable contract. One party pays the bid amount in return for the other party delivering the good or service. There shouldn’t be hidden clauses about cost overruns or other nonsense. The message to contractors should be to bid realistic amounts, or face big losses if you lowball just to get the contract. If there are to be any bonuses, then they should be reserved for work completed ahead of schedule or above spec.

  • krstrois

    Ugh, make it *easier* to idle in front of school? All I can say is WTF??  

  • Bolwerk

    They don’t seem to want transit on the TZB. Maybe the best hope now is that the current structure can stay up to be modified as a rail bridge.  Meanwhile, Vacca sure is worried about things New York doesn’t need.

    Also, Lhota probably should not be mayor. Not now, anyway. Probably not ever. He’s doing a good job at the MTA, and there he should stay. I don’t think MTA competencies translate well to the mayor’s office.

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus : well, they damn well should pin overruns on the bidder. It may mean more expensive bids, but at least it means reliable bids.

    @IvoryJive:disqus: Perhaps there are enough people in poorer neighborhoods who still don’t have an alternative to payphones

    @2555783a6f62598b6aadd2d882a4830f:disqus : The major problem is probably that the bidders are all incestuous; they have to meet hordes of federal and state requirements, which pares down the options to a bunch of usual suspects. I believe Dallas found construction costs dropped when they offered a (small) reward for finishing early and under-budget and a (large) punishment for each day of delay, while sticking the extra costs to the bidder. Bonding and surety requirements should be enough to make sure the bidder can handle that.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I’ve never understood why bids for public projects don’t stick. Once one party wins the bid, it becomes a legally enforceable contract.”
    Gee, we found a rock in the Hudson River that wasn’t in the plans you gave us.  Let’s negotiate a modification, knowing full well that we donated lots of money to your bosses, the politicians, and that after five years of litigation (with the public blaming YOU for the delays) the judge is likely to rule in OUR favor because individuals have rights against the government that has unlimited funds.

    So the lawyers advise that the public agency fold.

    Now they are trying to get around it with a “design-build” contract.  Which might mean they don’t screw the government.  And might mean they try to get away with a bridge that falls down 30 days after the statute of limitations expires.

  • Anonymous

    If they got a $3.14B bid on the Tappan Zee, when they were planning for a $5-6B bridge, that should mean they have $2B floating around to spend on transit. 

    Or that all of the Cuomo administration’s arguments were made in bad faith. 

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