Sections

Where is MTA’s feasibility study?

TimesLedger Newspapers
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Whatever happened to the promised MTA feasibility study for restoration of LIRR service on the old Rockaway Beach line?

The original completion date was June 2017. It was subsequently delayed until December 2017 and again to June 2018.

Another four months has come and gone with no draft and final reports yet to have been made public. The MTA will not even commit to a new schedule and date for release of the study.

The continued delay in the release of the study could imply that both feasibility and costs have been found to be prohibitive. The estimated costs have already grown from $600 million to $1 billion over recent years.

Remember the old proposed LIRR Lower Montauk branch Light Rail Project championed by former City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley? The release of the $500,000 feasibility study for introduction of light rail on that corridor last December may have been the final stop for this project.

According to this report, the anticipated cost grew by 2100 percent from $100 million to $2.2 billion. Support from public officials, transit agencies, transit advocates, commuters and taxpayers subsequently disappeared.

Don’t be surprised if results from the MTA Rockaway Beach LIRR restoration study reveals a cost in the billions and timetable for completion over ten years. This may be the last breath for any hope of MTA Rockaway Beach Branch LIRR restoration.

If the study results were favorable, there would have already been a joint press conference with the MTA, LIRR and local supporters such as state Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato along with project transit advocates to share the good news.

This announcement would include promises to add additional funding which would be amended into the existing $32 billion MTA 2015-2019 Five Year Capital program. Millions would be needed to begin the environmental review along with preliminary design and engineering.

More funding for final design and engineering, along with construction, would be added to the MTA’s soon-to-be proposed 2020-2024 Five Year Capital Plan. Planning work on this upcoming document, which would be released in 2019, is already under way behind the scenes at both MTA Headquarters and Long Island Rail Road.

The longer the MTA sits on the study, the greater the odds some consultants along with MTA staff are staying up late trying to wordsmith the report so as to down play the bad news.

The only winners from this study will be the well-paid consultants. They will move on to the next transit planners’ dream.

Larry Penner

Great Neck

Posted 12:00 am, November 19, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reader feedback

THINK from Queens says:
More like where is MTA management. The most poorly managed and poorly run subway in the world. A third world class joke. I think the Flintstones cars ran better.
Nov. 19, 2:54 pm
The Hunkster from Bed-Stuy says:
That's both the MTA and NYC in a nutshell: Especially towards the local community along the RBBL.
Nov. 26, 4 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Classifieds

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter:

Optional: