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Stangl: MTA $ to up quality of life in NYC.

Stangl: MTA $$ to up quality of life in NYC

The proposed five-year $11.5 billion phase of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Capital Program includes several safety components designed to help prevent the type of tragic subway accident that occurred in late August, Peter Stangl, chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told the New York Building Congress.

Stangl's comments were made at a Building Congress breakfast meeting just a week after an IRT subway train had derailed, taking five lives and injuring 200 riders. The Congress' early morning meeting was covered by TV Channels 2, 5 and 11, several daily newspapers and trade publications.

In his address, Stangl told some 150 Congress members that the MTA Capital Program "must be funded." He said it would help combat pollution, make the New York region more competitive in international markets and stimulate the local economy. He also emphasized that the "composition of the new program will cause more funds to flow to local contractors and suppliers than before."

In addition, he said that MTA has been "leveling the playing field between the Transit Authority and its contractors" by giving them "more rights in the areas of dispute resolution, change order negotiations, delay damages and agency acceptance of work and by instituting procedures to make payments more promptly."

Citing the potential benefits of the program to the city and the design and construction community, Stangl called on the Building Congress to help win support for it from state officials.

Congress President Louis Coletti, pledging the organization's support, said, "I can't emphasize enough how immportant it is to get the MTA's Capital Program approved - important to the city and the entire design and building community. We need to take a page out of the book of neighborhood activists and rouse support for the MTA program." He said he would "call on Building Congress members to convey to Albany their approval of the MTA program." He also urged "the state and city to use the Capital Program to stimulate the construction industry as a way of moving the local economy ahead."

Similar positive support came from Congress Chairman Joseph Newman in his remarks opening the meeting, and from Austin Brant Jr., Chairman of the Congress' Transportation Committee, while introducing Stangl.

Newman pointed out that "the Building Congress has supported the MTA's goals in the past and," he said, "we must continue to support them. We should be a powerful voice in favor of the program. The public," Newman continued, "wants efficient, safe services and an infrastructure that works" and he observed that the city "needs to modernize bridges, tunnels, and multifamily and school facilities."

Brant lauded Stangl's perception of subway riders as "customers" and cited the MTA President's commitment to "serving the people who use transit facilities." Stangl, he noted has the training and experience to "carry out the Capital Program."

Stangl acknowledged that the MTA should continue working on transit safety elements and he pointed out that the proposed five-year capital plan "will complete the signal system modernization program for the IRT" and that the plan includes a "modern command center that will provide real-time information on the location of IRT and other trains." Other safety elements in the program, he said, include replacing pump rooms and fan plants, and improving the tunnel lighting."

Highlighting the fact that the current five-year Capital Program, will provide work for local contractors, Stangl explained that it will "focus on station rehabilitation and rebuilding major maintenance facilities." The prior Capital Program phase, he said, allocated a substantial portion of its budget for purchases outside of the New York area.

"For the Long Island Railroad," he continued, "the proposed Capital Program will continue the rehabilitation of bridges, viaducts and the stations. For Metro-North, the program will fund essential Grand Central Terminal work and other station improvements, track and line structure work, and communications and signal upgrades." He also cited improvements to power systems and some $100 million of improvements for the Park Avenue viaduct.

During a question and answer period, Stangl said that when the program is approved and funded, the MTA will issue advisories on who contractors should contact for specific jobs.
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Title Annotation:Peter Stangl, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 25, 1991
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