Transportation Committee Update - November 19, 2013
The Transportation/Construction Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 contained three excellent presentations on current topics of interest to committee members.
Mark Giuffre, VP of State Government Affairs, United Parcel Service presented Fuels of the Future, UPS's efforts and plan to move its trucks off oil to alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas, hybrid electric, liquid natural gas, propane, electric, hydraulic hybrid and composite body diesel.
- UPS has 100,000 trucks worldwide
- 17,000 trucks in the U.S.
- 9th largest airline worldwide
Angel Martinez, Program Director of the Port Authority's LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment Project suspended his hands-on management of the project to join us and share the history and future of LaGuardia Airport, and the details and timeline of this redevelopment project that includes major portions under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.
- The 1964 main terminal building was designed to handle 8 million annual air passengers; in 2012, it handled 12 million annual air passengers and the 2030 projection is for 17 million annual air passengers.
- The year 1964 design aircraft was the DC 9-30, carrying 115 passengers while the year 2025 design aircraft will be the B737-900w, carrying 189 passengers and will be 24 feet wider and 19 feet longer than the DC 9-30.
- The central terminal building replacement portion off the project will be done through a Public Private Partnership while the Port Authority will handle the supporting infrastructure replacement projects.
Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to the Governor on the Tappan Zee Bridge Project, returned for the third time to update the committees on the project. His last update was at our April meeting. Recently, the feds have approved an up to $1.6 billion loan for the project plus the state may seek additional federal grants through the Department of Homeland Security for certain features being built into the bridge. The total project cost is estimated at $3.9 billion.
- Information on the project is continuously updated on the project's website: www.NewNYBridge.com. In addition to updates, the public can search documents, sign up for email construction alerts and view the project progress through three on-site cameras.
- Driving the piles to support the main span began in October. To control noise on the surface, workers are using a vibratory hammer rather than the customary pile drivers. Underwater, bubble curtains are placed around the piles to contain noise.
- Dredging was completed through a 24/7 operation between August 1st and November 1st.
- There are currently about 4 dozen construction vessels on the river and that could increase to 100 or more.
Each presentation generated some great questions and considerable discussion with the presenters that all attendees enjoyed.
The next committee meeting will be in the Spring so keep an eye out for the save the date after the 1st of the year.