Not many people would disagree that Superstorm Sandy was among the region’s worst natural disasters in modern memory. Nearly all PANYNJ facilities felt the storm’s impact, with the PATH System, Holland Tunnel, and LaGuardia Airport suffering the most significant damage.
As harrowing as the storm was, it also presented an opportunity to prepare for future challenges caused by rapidly changing weather patterns — and to involve qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) in the process.
In the aftermath of the storm, PANYNJ established a Storm Mitigation and
Resilience Office to coordinate temporary and permanent repairs, as well as mitigation and resilience projects that will prepare vital facilities for increasingly powerful storms in the future.
According to Nancy Johnson, acting senior project manager for the Storm Mitigation and Resilience Office, her team is in the process of prioritizing PATH projects and applying for federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Though federal funding does not permit set-asides, the Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights (OBDCR) has established a goal of 15% for work by qualified DBE contractors.
Virtually all aspects of PATH operations were affected by Superstorm Sandy. In addition to damage at all 13 stations, the majority of belowground infrastructure was rendered inoperable. Many of the system’s 10 substations also saw major damage, from electronic components and internal relays to communications infrastructure.
Projects on the drawing board include the installation of flood barriers; drainage systems and compromised communications and power systems; installation of flood and structural protection for station infrastructure; elevation of critical systems above flood zones, and replacement of damaged and vulnerable substations.
PATH anticipates nearly $317 million in project work through 2016, which translates into an estimated $47.5 million in opportunities for DBEs.
The Storm Mitigation and Resilience Office has identified the following repair and resiliency projects:
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
World Trade Center
As a result of the storm, PANYNJ also expanded its collaboration with other public agencies to improve business and regional continuity during emergencies, including:
NJ Transit Grid
We’re working with the state of New Jersey on its NJ Transit Grid project, investigating the benefits of developing electricity off-grid to ensure availability PATH and the Northeast Corridor rail line.
Department of Homeland Security
PANYNJ has entered a pilot program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to validate certain risk and resilience management tools currently in development.
Commercial & Institutional
Highway Street & Bridge Construction
Poured Concrete Foundation
& Structure Contractors
Structural Steel & Precast
Site Preparation Contractors
Brick, Stone & Related Construction Material Merchant Wholesalers
Surveying & Mapping
(except Geophysical) Services
Security Guards & Patrol Services
Interested in learning more?
Be sure to visit "View Open Solicitations" on a regular basis to spot the opportunities that might be right for your DBE.
Are you prepared to be part of our region's future?
PANYNJ is proactively increasing the resiliency of existing and future facilities. We welcome your interest as a DBE in playing a key role in efforts to weather future climate events and plan for tomorrow's emergency needs today.
We look forward to working with you!