Polly’s failure
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Dear Editor,

One failure of outgoing Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, which some local neighborhood residents believe is a win for them, was that she was unable to initiate phase two of Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard.

There continued to be a series of delays for advancement of DOT's proposed $258 million project, and it has remained in the development stage since 2015.

Ms. Trottenberg was unable to obtain approval of a Full Funding Grant Agreement for the second phase. This would have represented a legal commitment by the federal government to commit $97 million toward the project.

The construction start date for phase two, along with an approved funding agreement, has come and gone two years in a row. The estimated capital cost has grown from $231.9 to $258.8 million over the past 24 months.

Construction will not be completed until 2029, versus the original 2025 date. A completed environmental review finished in July 2015 will have to be updated as it is now out of date.

In coming years, the cost will only grow and completion date delayed by one or more years. The ongoing financial crises faced by both City Hall and the MTA may ultimately result in the cancellation for this next phase of the project.

Sincerely,

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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