Rep. Maloney Addresses Concrete Controversy On Second Avenue Subway Line

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A concrete-testing lab allegedly faked results for concrete used for the Second Avenue subway line, as well as the Lincoln Tunnel, the new Yankee Stadium, and a LaGuardia Airport control tower.

American Standard Testing and Consulting Lab’s president and five staffers, indicted by the Manhattan District Attorney for allegedly falsifying test results, pleaded not guilty.

The company is accused of pocketing millions, billing customers for tests that were never done.

LISTEN: Alex Silverman reports 

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney held a news conference Saturday in which she addressed the safety of the subway line.

“I called the MTA. They told me that this concrete was used in only one site,” she told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

According to Maloney, a second company inspected the concrete used at 96th Street “and found that it is safe. This is very important.”

She said the second round of testing found that the material actually exceeded the standard.

“We are moving forward, and we hope that we will have this opened.  We are determined to have this opened in 2016,” she said.

Do you think the Second Avenue line will open by 2016? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Lucius Junius Brutus

    One becomes nostalgic for the old 3rd and 2nd Avenue Elevated trains. With new added Rubber wheels ,they could have been made much quieter and they had the now invaluable asset of being already there.
    It is ironic when one considers that it was the “big four” auto companies; Chrysler, Ford, GM and American Motors that plotted the destruction of so much good, functional and inexpensive inter-city light and elevated rail service all across the country, and that now they are on just getting off life support, themselves..
    The real transport answer is so obvious a blind man can see it: build either plain light rail on the streets or a new, “funicular” transit system using modern materials that would be both cheaper and easier to run and cost only 10% or less. It could run one way on third or first ave and the other way on second ave. The 2nd ave holes-in-the ground could be used for storage of war materiel, in the event of another Bush type Republican being elected.

  • joey from b'hurst

    What type of engineers does the city hire. For every 25 samples sent, one is usually purposely made to be faulty to check the lab’s integrity. There must be some sort of kickbacks going on here.

    Who did she speak to at the MTA, that said it was safe. Give us names.

  • chumslick

    they have ben working on it for 40 years or is a hole in the ground sucking money down it

  • HooDatIS?

    they need to pay the city back
    this is awful
    what a bunch of losers

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