2nd Avenue Subway

Legislation | Documents/Reports | Links | Press Releases

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.

© Metropolitan Transportation Authority.


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.

© Metropolitan Transportation Authority.


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.

©Metropolitan Transportation Authority


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.


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

Feb 3, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today expressed her strong opposition to H.R. 3864, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Financing Act of 2012.  This legislation would, among other provisions, strip mass transit programs of the guaranteed funding they currently receive from the Highway Trust Fund, which is funded by the federal gasoline tax.  The Republican proposal would instead make mass transit funding entirely dependent on the annual appropriations process, introducing uncertainty that could make it more difficult to finance transit projects. 

Nov 15, 2011 Press Release


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) noted the inclusion of $186,566,000 in federal funding in next year’s budget for the Second Avenue Subway and $203,424,000 for East Side Access.  While these allocations are less than the amounts requested for the projects in the President’s budget -and what was scheduled to be delivered by the federal government under the full-funding grant agreements for the subway and East Side Access- they are a significant increase from the cuts proposed by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee.  House and Senate negotiators agreed to the funding amounts last night; the FY2012 appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, which contains the allocations, should be voted on by the House on Thursday.
Nov 1, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today toured the recently-completed tunnels for the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway.  After the tour, Maloney and Mica discussed the progress of the Second Avenue Subway and of the long-term reauthorization of federal transportation programs.  

Sep 24, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Members Micah Kellner and Dan Quart, and Council Members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick released their 3rd annual report card on the construction of the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway. 

Sep 22, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) issued the following statement today upon the completion of tunneling required for the first phase of the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway project. 

Sep 13, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) applauded the passage by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and HUD of the full funding allotments scheduled for this year for the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access projects.

Aug 16, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today commended the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for its decision to suspend after 7pm blasting related to the construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

Aug 8, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today reported that concrete for the Second Avenue Subway project that was tested by a recently-indicted lab has been retested by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and that independent test results have determined that the concrete meets all safety standards.

Jun 24, 2011 Press Release
New York, NY – Alarmed by recent reports of noxious odors and dust plumes emanating from the Second Avenue Subway construction site near East 69th Street and Second Avenue, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today urged the MTA to redouble the agency’s efforts to mitigate quality-of-life concerns related to the subway project.  In a letter to MTA Chairman Jay Walder (a copy of which follows), Maloney also urged the MTA to test the air at the construction site to confirm that it is safe.  Joining Maloney at a press conference today to express their concerns were area residents and Manhattan Community Board 8 members Dan Quart, Barry Schneider, Jonathan Horn, Jim Clynes, and Patrick Stewart, along with other community members.

Jun 24, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) applauded the announcement of Federal Transit Administration funding for the two major New York City transit projects today. $197 million in funding for the 2nd Avenue Subway and $215 million for the East Side Access project -linking the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal- will be coming to the Metropolitan Transit Authority as part of the Full Funding Grant Agreements governing both projects.