Transportation

Ambitious startup closes the gaps for Suffolk bridges

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multinational startup offering artificial intelligence-based maintenance solutions for bridges and tunnels is deploying throughout Suffolk County. Dynamic Infrastructure – purveyor of a smart software platform that compares past and current inspection reports and contrasts old and new visual scans to catch evolving defects in bridge and tunnel structures – has successfully completed a Suffolk County Department of Public Works tryout, involving a single county bridge. Now, the New York City-based…

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After decades of debate, $2B LIRR ‘third track’ is a go

By GREGORY ZELLER // All aboard – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a roughly $2 billion deal to design and build the Long Island Rail Road’s long-debated “third track.” The contract approved Wednesday by the MTA Board of Directors with Lawrence-based 3rd Track Constructors – a joint venture uniting New York City-based Dragados USA Inc., Lawrence-based John P. Picone Inc., Nanuet-based Halmar International LLC and Brooklyn-based CCA Civil Inc. – officially weighed in at…


Kosciuszko Bridge has fallen down, fallen down

By GREGORY ZELLER // The old Kosciuszko Bridge got blowed up real good. The last standing sections of the 78-year-old Brooklyn-Queens span were imploded Sunday in the pyrotechnically spectacular penultimate chapter of New York State’s $873 million, way-ahead-of-schedule replacement effort. The first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge – actually, two state-of-the-art cable-supported bridges over Newtown Creek – opened in April, marking completion of the project’s $555 million first phase. What will be the Queens-bound…


New LIMA flights rekindle LIMBA’s hopes

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island MacArthur Airport is spreading its wings, and a longtime regional quality-of-life watchdog wants to make sure the airport’s climb doesn’t stall. Long Island Metro Business Action, a three-decade-old Ronkonkoma-based member organization focused on Island-wide socioeconomic issues, welcomed LIMA Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken to its Aug. 11 networking breakfast, part of a 2017 Breakfast Series cosponsored by Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP. The commish, a former manager of…


Smooth transfer: Ousted Foye on board at MTA

There’s landing on your feet, and then there’s Pat Foye. Fired Tuesday as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Long Island resident was hired Wednesday as the new president of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, with official word coming from the MTA early Thursday. Joseph Lhota, MTA chairman, announced Foye’s hiring along with the appointment of Veronique Hakim as the authority’s new managing director. Along with MTA Chief Development…


Cuomo rides the rails at LIA luncheon

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was lustily booed at Citi Field after snagging a foul ball, New York’s own Andrew Cuomo gracefully fielded a pop-up – and brought down the house – at a Long Island Association luncheon. Playing to an extremely favorable crowd at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, Cuomo was interrupted by several ovations as he reported progress on multiple fronts in the state’s…


Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for…