2nd Avenue Subway

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Building the Second Avenue Subway has been one of my top priorities since I was first elected to Congress. New York City’s subway system has not added capacity in over 60 years, and we need to expand. Passengers on the Lexington Avenue line have the dubious distinction of riding on the most overcrowded subway line in the entire nation. There is a limit to the number of people that can be crammed into one subway car, but the Lex line seems to have exceeded that limit. A Second Avenue Subway offers a much-needed alternative for commuters. The full length subway, which will run from 125th Street to lower Manhattan, will also reach underserved neighborhoods on the East Side.

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One of two New Start projects in the city (the other, East Side Access, is also in my district), the Second Avenue Subway has been rated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as one of the best in the country. The former Administrator of the FTA, Jenna Dorn, told me that the best work she had ever seen submitted was the MTA’s submission on the Second Avenue Subway.

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The project is being divided into four phases. The first phase will create new tracks and tunnels from 99th Street to 63rd Street, with new stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Street. The new line will then link onto existing underused Q train tracks and provide a one seat ride to lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. When completed, the Second Avenue Subway will move 202,000 people, more than any other New Start project in the nation. With strong support from the entire New York Congressional delegation and our two Senators, we broke ground for the subway in April 2007. The MTA completed construction of the two tunnels for the subway on September 22, 2011, five months ahead of the February 2012 expected completion date.  Construction is also well underway for the 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street and 63rd Street entrances.

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The first phase of the project will cost approximately $4.4 billion, and the lion’s share of the funding is already committed. On November 19, 2007, the FTA entered into a full funding grant agreement with the MTA, committing the federal government to provide $1.3 billion to construct the Second Avenue Subway, of which more than $900 million has already been appropriated.  The state is obligated to provide the remaining $3.1 billion. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York State appropriated $1.05 billion in its 2000-2004 capital plan. In 2005, New York State voters approved another $450 million from the Transportation Bond Act. As a symbol of the support for the project, the East Side of Manhattan cast more votes in support of the Transportation Bond Act than any other area of the state. The remainder is expected to be allocated in the state’s 2010–2014 and 2015-2019 capital plans.

Documents

6/18/09 - Testimony to the MTA regarding the Environmental Assessment for the 72nd Street and 86th Street Entrances

02/03/09 - Report on the Economic Benefits of the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access

9/15/09 - First Annual 2nd Avenue Subway Report Card.

9/15/09 - Second Annual 2nd Avenue Subway Report Card.

More on 2nd Avenue Subway

Sep 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – During Thursday’s hearing of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), Ranking Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) called for a balanced approach to the federal budget, including both policies to deal with long-term drivers of the debt and policies to lay the groundwork for economic growth.

May 16, 2016 In The News

New Yorkers who've waited decades for a subway line on Second Avenue may not agree, but the long-running and nearly completed project is getting high marks from a Congresswoman who was vital in securing federal funds to build the line. Transit Reporter Jose Martinez has the story.

The nearly century-long effort to bring a subway to Second Avenue is not done yet as the clock ticks down toward a hoped-for December opening of three new stations.

Apr 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As today’s budget deadline passed with House Republicans refusing to bring any proposal to the floor for a vote, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) echoed her floor speech from yesterday, calling on the Republican-led Budget Committee to redraft their budget blueprint and meet the responsibilities of governing by adopting a budget that helps everyday hardworking Americans and their families.

Mar 31, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) celebrated the news that the state budget will include an additional $1 billion for the Second Avenue Subway:

Mar 17, 2016 Page

Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price: 

As you prepare the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, we write to respectfully request a funding level for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grant Program, commonly known as New Starts and Small Starts, which matches the President’s budget request of $3.5 billion. 

Nov 3, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORKCongresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Charles Rangel (NY-13) today sent a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, questioning future plans for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway in light of recent cuts announced in the 2015-2019 capital plan. Maloney and Rangel have been critical of the cuts to the long-beleaguered subway line.

Oct 29, 2015 Press Release

 NEW YORK—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY12) and Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY13), longtime advocates for the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access, raised concerns about the capital plan adopted by the MTA’s Board today:

Jul 1, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Council Member Dan Garodnick (District 4), Council Member Ben Kallos (District 5), New York State Democratic Committee Vice Chair Trudy L. Mason, and representatives from Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright issued a list of the top five challenges that could delay completion of phase 1 of the 2nd Avenue Subway.

The top five challenges – in reverse order of concern – are as follows:

5. The 69th Street Entrance to the 72nd Street Entrance

Jun 19, 2015 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (District 5), and Vice President of Communications for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Laura Bucko provided an update on the progress of the Second Avenue Subway. A new report from Maloney shows the project is now 83.4% completed.  The report includes updates on 4 stations (ranging between 44% and 89% complete), 12 station entrances (all in progress), 8 ancillary buildings (all above ground), 25 escalators, and 16 elevators.

May 16, 2014 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – An announcement of new, major milestones in the Second Avenue Subway was given today in a presentation by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, MTA Capital Construction Company President, and elected officials. Phase 1 of the project is now 960 days from completion, and will be finished in December 2016. The Second Avenue Subway is among the largest infrastructure projects in the country, and the elected officials and the MTA provided a description of the project’s progress with a detailed presentation and several charts. They also discussed their goals for the rest of the project, as Phase 1 gets closer to completion. 

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