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MTA awards contract to rebuild lines damaged Sept. 11


New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority Feb. 15 awarded a Tully Construction and Pegno Construction partnership a $92 million contract to reconstruct a portion of the 1 & 9 subway lines that, until Sept. 11, served the west side of lower Manhattan and connected it to intermodal facilities at Penn Station to the north and the Staten Island Ferry to the south.

"As a result of this work, we expect that by late fall tens of thousands of workers in lower Manhattan will be able to resume their normal travel routines using the Rector Street and South Ferry stations that had been cut off from the subway system since Sept. 11," said Gov. George Pataki in a prepared statement.

MTA officials believe the agency will save time and money because of economies of scale afforded by hiring Tully and Pengo, which also recently teamed with Yonkers Construction to rebuild the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) station adjacent to MTA’s site. Specifically, MTA anticipates saving funds on management overhead, administration, and insurance costs.

MTA also credits the rapid excavation of the site above the subway station for additional savings. Originally, the authority estimated that just reaching the facility’s damaged sections would have cost millions.

The contract award does not, however, cover costs to replace Cortlandt Street Station itself. MTA plans to award that contract at a later date as the authority works with the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and other local entities to determine the most appropriate location for street access and integration with the PATH system.