Second Avenue Subway Construction Is Not Bad for You, Says the MTA

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Ah, Second Avenue subway. We've had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we've been waiting for your completion. You're noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making those who live in the environs of all the construction you are requiring? There's a study for that! According to the MTA's recent assessment of how all the subway blasting has impacted air quality along Second Avenue on the Upper East Side, you're not that bad.

"Based on the results of the study, there are no concerns that Second Avenue Subway construction is causing any danger to the public's health," MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu said. "We will continue to do everything we can to be a good neighbor as we complete this critically important project as quickly as possible."

The pollutants that were bad, or below air quality standards -- fine dust, sulfur dioxide, and ammonia -- "did not coincide with blasting" and were probably caused by traffic and "other local sources." Even the EPA agreed!

So, the only thing bad for you about the Second Avenue subway is waiting for the Second Avenue subway to finally finish being built. We're not getting any younger, here.

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Pen-evenger
Pen-evenger

I doubt that the standerds set by the EPA are acceptable. for many years there has been a loosening of federal guidelines... In fact, the Food And Drug Administration accepts 100 rodent hairs in an 8 oz,. Hershey bar... maybe it's safe? HA HA HA.

Connie Citizen
Connie Citizen

MISLEADING AND INACCURATE RESULTS OF MTA AIR QUALITY REPORT The MTA will self-deal, lie and recklessly disregard the public's health, as most recently demonstrated in its Air Quality Assessment Report where they hired is conflicted third party to conduct the study and blatantly lied about the findings (read the report).   First, the findings are distorted by the MTA/Staff, misrepresenting the health hazards to the public.  The Report noted that levels of gas pollutants and exceeded reference levels.  It also confirmed that the MTA acknowledged that for nearly a year it did not accurately or adequately even monitor dust and VOC levels. Therefore, a complete record regarding dust and particle levels does not exist. Second, the Community does not trust the findings of the Report and calls for an IMPARTIAL firm to undertake a study of the health risks caused by construction of the Second Avenue Subway.   The Community would like to know why Parsons Brinckerhoff was hired to conduct these studies as they are clearly conflicted in the current situation.  (1)  Parsons is the General Engineering Consultant on the 2nd Avenue Subway, the LI Rail Road/East Side Access Project. The Firm’s revenues depend on their MTA! (2)  Bill Goodrich, Senior VP at the MTA, was employed as a Parsons Brinckerhoff for over 15 years.(3)  Parsons has been found guilty of fraud and falsifying records. They are subject to law suits relating to municipal projects.  They are subject to investigations by the SEC, the Federal Highway Administration, the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit, the Department of Labor, and the Federal Department of Transportation, among others.  The Community has set up a website on Facebook.  It is entitled, “Second Avenue Subway Concerned Citizens Group”.   Please use it to stay in touch and make your voice heard.

Connie Citizen
Connie Citizen

What folks need on the UES is better, more frequent service – happy to have that done on the existing, decaying 6, something the MTA doesn’t want to provide. Everyone wants this, but we do not want a 2nd Ave Subway built that will cause us (i) LT health issues and (ii) when up and running – currently scheduled to open FIVE years late, at least a billion over budget, and only for the first phase (96th to 72nd with only three or so stops, none the bet. 72 and 86 where the bulk of the UES) traffic is!); and (iii) ruining the quality of life of the neighborhood for decades to come. THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS A SHAM for the MTA to get further into debt (currently approx. $11 billion - although ED Joseph Lhota wants to increase that without restoring and deep service cuts - http://newyork.ibtimes.com/art..., keep the unions employed and have no accountability for their actions with YOUR TAX DOLLARS! We need to take action or the MTA will bankrupt this city as well as petition our elected officials to overburden tax payers with increased taxes to fund their folly!FOLKS NEED TO UNITE AND PETITION THEIR ASSEMBLYMAN, COUNSELMAN AND STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES – THEY DON’T LISTEN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD!!! TAKE ACTION! WHAT A JOKE!Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm that conducted the study is conflicted; they are systematically engaged by state transit authorities (Tennesee/Massachusetts), including NYC. They also have been subject to lawsuits regarding their conduct. Why the MTA/2nd Ave Subway Staff did not let the Community chose the firm to conduct the study so that we are ensured impartiality is beyond comprehension. Note that the report did state that fine dust, sulfur dioxide and ammonia readings were above standard federal limits. The Community is silly not to organize itself against the MTA and the health hazards they are causing everyone – they are taking us for fools, stating that all of them due to increased traffic – which coincidentially were not around before construction.FYI: Parsons Brinckerhoff is the General Engineering Consultant on the LI Rail Road/East Side Access Project; Many have developed severe coughs and other ailments – I’m not litigious, but maybe it’s time for a class action suit?!

Connie Citizen
Connie Citizen

What folks need on the UES is better, more frequent service – happy to have that done on the existing, decaying 6, something the MTA doesn’t want to provide. Everyone wants this, but we do not want a 2nd Ave Subway built that will cause us (i) LT health issues and (ii) when up and running – currently scheduled to open FIVE years late, at least a billion over budget, and only for the first phase (96th to 72nd with only three or so stops, none the bet. 72 and 86 where the bulk of the UES) traffic is!); and (iii) ruining the quality of life of the neighborhood for decades to come. THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS A SHAM for the MTA to get further into debt (currently approx. $11 billion - although ED Joseph Lhota wants to increase that without restoring and deep service cuts - http://newyork.ibtimes.com/art..., keep the unions employed and have no accountability for their actions with YOUR TAX DOLLARS! We need to take action or the MTA will bankrupt this city as well as petition our elected officials to overburden tax payers with increased taxes to fund their folly!FOLKS NEED TO UNITE AND PETITION THEIR ASSEMBLYMAN, COUNSELMAN AND STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES – THEY DON’T LISTEN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD!!! TAKE ACTION! WHAT A JOKE!Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm that conducted the study is conflicted; they are systematically engaged by state transit authorities (Tennesee/Massachusetts), including NYC. They also have been subject to lawsuits regarding their conduct (google them or check out Facebook, "Concerned Citizens of Rutherford - for a discussion of them "cooking the books"). Why the MTA/2nd Ave Subway Staff did not let the Community chose the firm to conduct the study so that we are ensured impartiality is beyond comprehension. Note that the report did state that fine dust, sulfur dioxide and ammonia readings were above standard federal limits. The Community is silly not to organize itself against the MTA and the health hazards they are causing everyone – they are taking us for fools, stating that all of them due to increased traffic – which coincidentially were not around before construction.FYI: Parsons Brinckerhoff is the General Engineering Consultant on the LI Rail Road/East Side Access Project; Many have developed severe coughs and other ailments – I’m not litigious, but maybe it’s time for a class action suit?!

Connie Citizen
Connie Citizen

What folks need on the UES is better, more frequent service – happy to have that done on the existing, decaying 6, something the MTA doesn’t want to provide. Everyone wants this, but we do not want a 2nd Ave Subway built that will cause us (i) LT health issues and (ii) when up and running – currently scheduled to open FIVE years late, at least a billion over budget, and only for the first phase (96th to 72nd with only three or so stops, none the bet. 72 and 86 where the bulk of the UES) traffic is!); and (iii) ruining the quality of life of the neighborhood for decades to come. THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS A SHAM for the MTA to get further into debt (currently approx. $11 billion - although ED Joseph Lhota wants to increase that without restoring and deep service cuts - http://newyork.ibtimes.com/art..., keep the unions employed and have no accountability for their actions with YOUR TAX DOLLARS! We need to take action or the MTA will bankrupt this city as well as petition our elected officials to overburden tax payers with increased taxes to fund their folly!FOLKS NEED TO UNITE AND PETITION THEIR ASSEMBLYMAN, COUNSELMAN AND STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES – THEY DON’T LISTEN BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD!!! TAKE ACTION! WHAT A JOKE!Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm that conducted the study is conflicted; they are systematically engaged by state transit authorities (Tennesee/Massachusetts), including NYC. They also have been subject to lawsuits regarding their conduct. Why the MTA/2nd Ave Subway Staff did not let the Community chose the firm to conduct the study so that we are ensured impartiality is beyond comprehension. Note that the report did state that fine dust, sulfur dioxide and ammonia readings were above standard federal limits. The Community is silly not to organize itself against the MTA and the health hazards they are causing everyone – they are taking us for fools, stating that all of them due to increased traffic – which coincidentially were not around before construction.FYI: Parsons Brinckerhoff is the General Engineering Consultant on the LI Rail Road/East Side Access Project; Many have developed severe coughs and other ailments – I’m not litigious, but maybe it’s time for a class action suit?!Full Disclosure: I live next door to the construction.

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