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

Feb 7, 2011 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) celebrated the news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) 485-ton, 450-foot-long tunnel boring machine (TBM) had reached 63rd Street, completing the first tunnel for the Second Avenue Subway.  On May 14, 2010, the MTA launched the TBM at 92nd Street.  The TBM will now be disassembled, brought back to 92nd Street, reassembled and relaunched to dig the subway’s second tunnel.
Sep 25, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, and Councilwoman Jessica Lappin released their 2nd annual report card on the construction of the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway. The report card evaluates the MTA’s handling of the project – outlining the significant progress that’s been made this year, but urging the MTA not to exceed its current 2016 deadline for completing the subway. The report gives the MTA a “B” for its final grade in 2010 – a slight improvement from last year. A full copy of the report can be found below.
Sep 20, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) announced that $274.9 million in federal funding will be delivered by the end of the week to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help build the Second Avenue Subway. The funds were approved by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 1105), which passed in February 2009. These funds will help keep the project moving forward.
Feb 1, 2010 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today hailed the inclusion of $197 million for the Second Avenue Subway and $215 million for East Side Access in the Obama Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Transit Administration budget. Congresswoman Maloney has long championed the transit projects, which are both located almost entirely within New York’s 14th Congressional District that she represents.

Sep 25, 2009 Press Release

(New York) – Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) and East Side elected officials State Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, and City Council Members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick released a report card on the MTA’s Second Avenue Subway project. The report card gives the MTA an overall grade of B- in connection with its performance on the Subway project; it appears in full, below.

Aug 10, 2009 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) applauded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2010-2014 capital plan, which will fully fund the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway and the completion of East Side Access.  Maloney has long championed the transit projects, which will be located almost entirely within her congressional district.

“Even in these challenging economic times, the MTA is maintaining its strong commitment to completing the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access --and that’s a huge win for New York straphangers,” said Rep. Maloney.

Jul 14, 2009 Press Release
 Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today hailed the inclusion of $197 million for the Second Avenue Subway and $215 million for East Side Access in the Fiscal Year 2010 House Transportation Appropriations bill. The House is expected to pass the appropriations bill by the end of the month. Maloney has long championed the transit projects, which will be located almost entirely within her congressional district.
May 7, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) applauded the release by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) of millions in stimulus funding for the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access megaprojects, which are located almost entirely within Maloney’s congressional district. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the early delivery of $78.9 million for the Second Avenue Subway and $195.4 million for East Side Access, along with funding for seven other projects around the country.

Feb 24, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) announced that $277.7 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway and $209.6 million for East Side Access have been included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 1105).  The House is likely to pass the omnibus spending bill tomorrow. 

“Transit is the lifeblood of New York and this bill will give our system a $487 million shot in the arm,” said Rep. Maloney. 
Feb 3, 2009 Press Release
New York, NY – This morning at Grand Central Terminal, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) issued a report outlining the jobs and other economic benefits created by the construction of the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access.  Both “megaprojects” are located almost entirely within Maloney’s Congressional district.  Please click here for a full copy of Maloney’s report; highlights can be found below.  Joining Maloney at the press conference were Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick, MTA Executive Director and CEO Lee Sander, Regional Plan Association President Robert Yaro, and representatives of the New York State AFL-CIO, the New York City Central Labor Council, RWDSU, the New York City District Council of Carpenters, Plumbers Local Union No.1, and the New York City General Contractors Association.

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