Presentation on the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement by NYS Thruway Executive Director Thomas Madison

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KAREN Welcome / Thank you Intro self / Joan / Madison / Ted / Mike Anderson / Intro others (Aimee, Betsy, Mike Sullivan) ?? Intent of meeting is to provide overview of The new TZB Project status Explain progress to date….discuss next steps….and respond to your questions Project is Centerpiece of Gov’s NY Works Program New Bridge = Immediate job creator / economic boost to local, state, NE regional economy

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KAREN First question that comes to mind….is why replace the Bridge at all?? Opened on December 15, 1955 Carried 18,000 vehicles/day in first year Past 10 years Thruway invested $75 million / year to keep Bridge in good state of repair Critical trade & travel corridor – commerce & people (read slide)

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KAREN Need for new bridge agreed upon by most Plan to replace must be affordable & long-term TZB structure and surrounding 30-mile corridor studied for a decade (read slide)

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KAREN Even before taking office….Gov-elect Cuomo toured TZB Recognized urgent need for replacement….w/ sensible, realistic and affordable alternative October - Gov framed out his Vision for new TZB Secured support from President Obama and USDOT Asked for (and rec’d) support from YOU in legislature on Historic Design-Build Law Set Aggressive accelerated enviro + project schedule Interagency Team (DOT / TWY / FHWA – MTA/PA) (read slide)

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KAREN New project limits from South Broadway Bridge in South Nyack to South Broadway in Tarrytown (total of 4 miles) (read slide) Now JOAN will discuss the Accelerated Environmental Review Process

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JOAN (read slide) Federal partnership (local and national) & White House focus = vital to project 14 + fed resource agencies involved….weekly dep sec meetings at all agencies reporting into the White House

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JOAN (read slide) Karen mentioned costs invested during past decade Much of the work, preparations , engineering and enviro studies are relevant…..contributing in important ways to the EIS and Procurement/design processes NOW

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JOAN Examples of the very serious attention to Environmental protections and stewardship on this project include: (read slide)

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JOAN (read slide)

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JOAN There are also significant enviro protections already underway….even during the “smart early work” that is underway today (which you’ll hear more about in a minute) Today on the River…. We are doing work to determine the best way to design and construct the foundations. This is also an opportunity to get smarter about how to protect the river ecology during the work. We are minimizing disturbance of sediments, determining the best ways to reduce underwater noise from the pile driving, completely containing and removing soil from inside the piles, We will have biologists present to assess the impacts of this work on fish and nesting falcons. We will monitor noise and vibrations at riverfront homes And we are testing the existing material to ensure that it will not threaten the river and sea beds and will support benthic, or, bottom dwelling creatures, critical to the river’s overall ecology.

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JOAN Part of Governor’s vision is to make this the most transparent project possible This will include an ongoing process of pro-active public involvement and interaction both by the state agencies…. …and required of the contractors once the Project construction begins (read slide) Now TOM will speak about the advantages of the new Design-Build Law and the Procurement Process

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TOM After nearly 3 decades of trying….last December you passed -- and the Gov signed –Historic Design-Build Legislation for New York State Along w/ the expedited enviro review process…D-B will be a key factor in delivering the TZB Project in record time.....and it can also be used on a host of other projects at Thruway, NYSDOT, MTA, and other state agencies and authorities Design-build helps the public owner distribute Risk more fairly to the private sector….which helps us avoid project delays and cost overruns A key benefit of D-B is putting designers & constructors in the room together at the beginning of a project….to refine concepts at the start and save time and money This allows for maximum innovation and creativity from Proposing Teams….and will provide the Best Possible Value for our patrons and bondholders Examples: Old Way (D-B-B ) vs. D-B (read slide)

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TOM Minimize Risk – especially on geotechnical issues Soil Borings – Test Pile Driving Collaboration w/ TWY & DOT Contracts; joint funding Save money in long-run….contract contingencies (read slide)

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TOM Hired Financial Advisor to the Project; estimated at $5.2 billion Actual Project costs unknown until Proposals come in in late July (read slide) Now I’ll turn it back to KAREN to conclude our presentation

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KAREN RFP requires each proposer to design the Bridge foundation to support future transit, including Heavy Commuter like MetroNorth RR….Light Rail….or some other transit option This includes requiring enough space to support other transit modes in the future like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Bus Service between Rockland and Westchester will also be immediately available on the New Bridge (refer to slide) These are only “renderings” – non-proscriptive design, etc.

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KAREN I mentioned BRT a moment ago…and it’s important to note that the New TZB will be BRT-capable the day that it opens Again, this includes the right structural fortification and spacing on the structure for dedicated busses to cross the Hudson (read side)

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KAREN However…..without local systems to connect to…. (read side) We have worked w/ our Federal partners and others to explore the potential for concurrent review of a BRT system and/or dedicated lane designation on the proposed Bridge This cannot occur before the Record of Decision….and cannot be initiated by the State at this time without jeopardizing the schedule…..and ultimately the reality of building the Bridge now The local communities are open to exploring the possibility of developing local transit systems to connect with the Bridge link at some point in the future…..including the pursuit of federal and state support

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KAREN As Joan mentioned, the Governor wants this project and the entire planning, procurement, and construction process to be as transparent as possible…. So we’ve established a Project Website where all information, procurement documents….historical studies….news releases….etc are available for public viewing We appreciate the opportunity to meet with you today…..and look forward to your continued support for the New TZB Project Now we’re happy to respond to any questions…..

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Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Citizens Budget Commission May 10, 2012

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Why Replace the Tappan Zee Bridge? 56 Year Old Bridge Designed to Last 50 Years Accident rate is 2x State Average; No shoulders or Emergency Lanes 138,000 Vehicles a Day Causing Congestion and Delays Not Cost Effective to Repair and Maintain Does Not Allow Bicycle, Pedestrian or Other Transit Use 2

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Tappan Zee Replacement Project : 10 Years of Inertia 430 + Public Meetings 150 Concepts Explored $88 Million Spent on Studies No Decisions / No Action 3

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Governor Cuomo’s New Vision Infrastructure Promotes Economic Growth & Creates Jobs Create a Safe, Environmentally Responsible 100 Year Bridge Designed to Support Transit Options Build a New Tappan Zee Bridge – NOW Accelerated Process building on previous studies Historic Design-Build Law 100 years without major repairs 4

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The New Bridge Modern Design - Latest Technical Concepts Minimize Congestion & Improve Safety Designed to Support Transit Options New Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Stimulates Economic Development 45,000 + Jobs 5

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Accelerated Environmental Review Environmental “Envelope”- Maximum Protection & Flexibility Builds upon work from prior 10 years study and public meetings Complete Environmental Review Target Date: August 2012 Presidential Designation - Rapid Response Teams Accelerated Schedule – “Smart Early Work” 6

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Environmental Studies Underway Since 2006 Past Research & Analysis Remains Relevant Today 5 + Years of Effort & Millions of Dollars Invested Environmental Review = Highest Quality & Standards ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP ACCELERATED PROCESS DOES NOT MEAN SHORTCUTS ___________________________ 7

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River Ecology Biological Assessments Comply w/ State & Federal Standards Consultation w/ National Marine Fisheries Protection of Endangered Species & Essential Fish Habitats Air & Noise Impacts Studies & Analysis Performed to Determine Actual Impacts of the Project Impacts Documented in DEIS will be confirmed by NYMTC Environmental Stewardship Extensive Measures Planned to Minimize & Mitigate Impacts 8

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Environmental Performance Commitments (EPCs) Extensive EPCs in RFP Enhanced Performance Criteria For: Historic & Cultural Resources Studies Guide the Resources & Steps Needed to Avoid / Minimize Impacts Environmental Stewardship 9 Transportation Community Character Properties Energy & Climate Change Air & Noise Hazmat Ecology Water Quality

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Environmental Protections Underway NOW 10 Mitigation Actions Deployed Now & During Construction Endangered Peregrine Falcon Nests on TZB Closely Monitored “Bubble Curtains” Protect Atlantic & Shortnose Sturgeon Wildlife Biologists Inspecting Fish & Bird Impacts Shore & River Vibration Testing & Noise Monitoring Turbidity Curtains Contain Disturbed Sediments Excavated Material from Piles Contained & Removed Noise & Vibration Monitors to assess Impacts at Nearby River Properties Dredging Soil Samples Tested for Contamination

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Public Involvement Requirements 11 Close Coordination w/ Communities Establishment of 1-800 Hotline Public Involvement During Design Process Public Involvement During Construction Constant Reporting of Work Schedules Constant Reporting of Traffic Changes Immediate Response to Legitimate issues Although Comment Period is Closed…Issues Will be Resolved Throughout Entire Process Contractor Implements / State Manages

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Historic Design-Build Legislation Changes the Way New York Does Business Design-Build Competition: A New Way to Build for New York 12

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Design-Build Accelerated Schedule 13

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TRANSIT Maximizes the Public Investment & Ensures New Structure will not preclude Bus Rapid Transit or Commuter Rail Includes additional lanes & structural reinforcement BIKEWAY & PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY Includes a 12-foot wide Shared-Use Path w/ seating, bike lanes & public artwork DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES $400 million in Contracting Opportunities for DBEs Generating more than 4,000 jobs BRIDGE AESTHETICS Collaboration w/ Stakeholders Required to ensure Visual Quality of Bridge Selected Bidder Renderings will be available for Public Viewing Key RFP Provisions 14

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INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS Active Traffic Management Systems will use sensors and color messaging signs to: Monitor Traffic Patterns Improve Driver Safety & Accuracy of Travel Times Alert Travelers to Congestion, Speed Changes & Weather and Visibility Issues HIGHWAY SPEED E-ZPass LANES Enhance Traffic Flow Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions caused by Cueing & Congestion at Toll Booths PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PLAN Proactive Program to keep Communities Informed, Seek Input & Respond to Issues Public Concerns will be Heard & Addressed in an Expedient Manner Worksites & Staging Areas Established / Operated Consistent w/ Local Communities Key RFP Provisions 15

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Disadvantaged Business / Minority & Women Owned Business / Small Business Enterprises Overall DBE Goal for Design-Build project is 10% (total dollar value) Equates to more than $400 Million in Work & 4,000 + jobs M/WBEs can be certified as DBEs Individual Goals Higher: 22% Minority; 6% Women; 17% on Non-Main Span Disadvantaged Business Summit Project Labor Agreement Negotiations Concluding & Announcement Forthcoming Savings Expected in Hundreds of Millions on Project DBE & PLA 16

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Test Soil Borings: February 21, 2012 (ongoing through April) “Smart Early Work” is Happening Now… 17

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…to Determine Soil Conditions, Minimize Environmental Impacts & Ensure the Best Possible Design Pile Driving Project: March 14, 2012 (ongoing through July) 18

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Financial Plan Options Include: Traditional Bonding Based on Tolls Seeking Federal TIFIA Loan ($2 Billion) & TIGER Grant Pension Fund or Other Private Investment Possible Bridge Tolls will be Consistent with Other Hudson River Crossings with Commuter Discounts anticipated How To Pay For The New Bridge? 19

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New Bridge will Immediately support Express Bus Service between Rockland and Westchester Designed to Support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) & Commuter Rail Designed to Support Transit 20

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The Bridge Can Carry BRT or Rail Across the Hudson….. 21

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…..but It’s BRT or Rail to Nowhere Without New and Separate LOCAL Transit Systems! Bus Rapid Transit: Cost to Rockland – $3.5B to $3.6B est Cost to Westchester – $1B to $1.7B est Commuter Rail: Cost to Rockland – $5B est 22

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