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Sources: MTA Capital Construction President Retiring

  

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NEW YORK - A critical figure at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hanging up his hard hat.

Sources tell NY1 that MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu is retiring.

He had been at the helm of the authority's construction wing since 2008 where he oversaw major expansion projects in the city's transit system including the Hudson Yards 7 train extension, the Second Avenue subway, and the Fulton Center station.

Before joining the MTA, the Romanian-born engineer had served as the city's Traffic Commissioner in the late 80s.

 

For more Info: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2017/03/20/sources--mta-capital-construction-president-retiring.html

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Hopefully we get someone willing to do something more than lip service about construction costs.

And more importantly, someone who is actually competent...

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Hopefully we get someone willing to do something more than lip service about construction costs.

And more importantly, someone who is actually competent...

 

My sentiments exactly. When someone can justify why construction costs are so high with a throwaway like "Because it's New York", he isn't worthy for the position.

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My sentiments exactly. When someone can justify why construction costs are so high with a throwaway like "Because it's New York", he isn't worthy for the position.

I used to work in the industry and I can tell you costs can be high if you have inexperienced people overseeing things.  I keep hearing that the (MTA) doesn't have the experience in this and that.  Well hire a consultant that has the experience to oversee such things!  There are plenty of good GCs out here that they could work with.  The other thing that I find funny are the construction delays.

 

We generally get things built here quicker than anywhere else in the country. Why? Because we're the construction capital!  This city is always under a tarp (figuratively speaking of course), so the kinds of delays that occur with the system are just crazy.  

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Have anyone seen along Island City by QBoro Plaza and Court SQ? Everything was built up in the past 3 years, all those towers. I remember cititower used to be the tallest over there, not anymore. If they could do it so quick and probably on time, there is no reason MTA should pull all kind of excuse out of the hat...(safety, NYC, biggest expansion...etc)

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Have anyone seen along Island City by QBoro Plaza and Court SQ? Everything was built up in the past 3 years, all those towers. I remember cititower used to be the tallest over there, not anymore. If they could do it so quick and probably on time, there is no reason MTA should pull all kind of excuse out of the hat...(safety, NYC, biggest expansion...etc)

 

Subway and skyscrapers are literal apples and oranges.

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Exactly. There's a big difference from a developer or a business investing their own private money into a commercial or residential highrise and a government agency pooling city, state and federal funds for service expansions.

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Subway and skyscrapers are literal apples and oranges.

 

 

Exactly. There's a big difference from a developer or a business investing their own private money into a commercial or residential highrise and a government agency pooling city, state and federal funds for service expansions.

That doesn't excuse the fact that construction in this city is fairly good in terms of how quickly things are done.  The (MTA) has numerous instances of a lack of oversight which is one reason why they've generally been over budget and behind schedule.

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That doesn't excuse the fact that construction in this city is fairly good in terms of how quickly things are done.  The (MTA) has numerous instances of a lack of oversight which is one reason why they've generally been over budget and behind schedule.

The MTA also has to get that money from a State that doesn't want to pay for such things. The Feds ain't much help either. That's the biggest difference between a public transport system and a private real estate structure.

 

About the waste, that's this country's middle name. If only they'd 'waste' that money in the right places...like transit. imagine what could be done if 300 Billion of the current 800 Billion i military spending was put towards transport infrastructure. The term "over budget" wouldn't even be in the conversation because the amount of money actually available would make it negligible.

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The MTA also has to get that money from a State that doesn't want to pay for such things. The Feds ain't much help either. That's the biggest difference between a public transport system and a private real estate structure.

 

About the waste, that's this country's middle name. If only they'd 'waste' that money in the right places...like transit. imagine what could be done if 300 Billion of the current 800 Billion i military spending was put towards transport infrastructure. The term "over budget" wouldn't even be in the conversation because the amount of money actually available would make it negligible.

 

Don't know why you consider transport money not a waste, considering we piss so much of it away compared to countries that have worse geological conditions, worse labor laws, higher property prices, etc... The MTA needs to clean up house before it can seriously be considered a good place to send money to. Why spend $300B on transport when that money would go so much farther in health, education, social spending, etc?

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Exactly. There's a big difference from a developer or a business investing their own private money into a commercial or residential highrise and a government agency pooling city, state and federal funds for service expansions.

They do that all over the world, even in Europe with Govt Funding. How come these transit network could build quickly and cheaper than the (MTA). France is spending 25 Billion dollars to expand 120 miles of track and yet we couldn't even build 2 miles with 6 Billion?

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