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August 24, 2009

Report says MTA tunnels bordering AY site in "critical condition;" MTA says it's taken remedial action but won't provide details

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder has the scoop that Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner has reported to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that some of the subway tunnels that are bordering the project are seriously deteriorating. [Click image to enlarge.]

A confidential December 2007 report commissioned by developer Forest City Ratner and provided to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stated that portions of two tunnels were in critical condition and required repair "in the immediate future" and the "near future."

Preliminary remedial work has been performed--the MTA won't say how much--but further repairs on these tunnels are not part of the MTA's recently-released draft Capital Plan, which covers 2010-14 and aims to address only some of the system's many needs.

In other words, should the Atlantic Yards arena open in 2011-12 as currently projected, it may be bordered by seriously deteriorated subway structures. We don't know whether the city or Forest City Ratner have asked for accelerated repairs or stated a willingness to pay for them.
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There's no proof that work on the Atlantic Yards site directly threatens the subway system, but Forest City Ratner wouldn't have had the report prepared were there no reason for concern.

The repairs would require service interruptions:

Still, unclear is the extent of potential service disruptions and how they might affect the transit hub at Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street should the Atlantic Yards arena open.

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Posted by lumi at August 24, 2009 6:05 AM