2nd Avenue Subway

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

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One of two New Start projects in the city, both in Congresswoman Maloney's 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 the Congresswoman that the MTA’s submission on the Second Avenue Subway was the best work she had ever seen.

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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

4/12/07 - Press Release from MTA on the history of the 2nd Avenue Subway

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

Jan 26, 2017 Press Release

New York—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney announced that the Trump Administration plans to include Phases 2 and 3 of the Second Avenue Subway in its list of infrastructure building priorities. An unconfirmed leaked copy of the list estimates that $14.2 billion could be allocated for the project. Maloney spoke directly with the Trump team earlier this week, and was repeatedly assured by individuals who worked on creating the list that Phase 2 and Phase 3 are part of the plan.

Jan 9, 2017 Newsletter
I am thrilled that we were able to ring in 2017 with a ride on the brand new Second Avenue Subway! This is a momentous achievement for our city and our country. It is the first new subway line in New York City in more than 60 years and will have a lasting impact for generations to come.
Jan 3, 2017 In The News

New year. New commute.

Dec 31, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), longtime champion of the new Second Avenue Subway who led the charge to secure $1.3 billion in federal funding for the project, joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, elected officials, and other community activists for the inaugural ride of the new subway line today. Following the ride, the Congresswoman released the following statement:

Oct 25, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney was joined by community advocates, 2nd Ave Subway business owners, transit rider advocates and local elected officials to release her final report card on the MTA’s progress towards completing Phase 1 of the 2nd Avenue Subway.

Oct 25, 2016 In The News

A triumphant U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), joined by community advocates, neighborhood business owners, transit advocates and elected officials proclaimed Tuesday that the long-awaited Second Avenue subway is about to become a reality.

“The MTA tells me as of Oct. 1 the project was 98 percent complete,” said Maloney. “With that news, I am proud to be able to give them an A-plus on my final report card on the progress of Phase 1.”She also gave the overall $1.3 billion project a final grade of A-plus.

May 16, 2016 Press Release

New York– In recognition of the MTA closing in on the final months of construction for Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued a report card today to take stock of the MTA’s progress. As of May 2016, the MTA is reporting that construction on Phase 1 is 94.4% complete, 100% of the 22,000 linear feet of track has been laid, and third rail installation is nearing completion.

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:

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