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

Jul 30, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, and representatives of other local elected officials met with representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week to discuss the need for a full environmental review of the MTA’s current plan for the entrance locations at 72nd Street and 86th Street for the Second Avenue Subway.  The July 21st meeting was convened by the MTA in response to a letter sent by the elected officials, who are responding to community concerns about the impact of mid-block station entrances on their residential neighborhood.
Feb 4, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the inclusion of $277.7 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway project and $219.3 million for East Side Access in President Bush’s FY 2009 budget proposal.  Click here for a detailed copy of the Federal Transit Administration’s budget for next year, which includes the proposed funding.
Dec 16, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and José E. Serrano (NY-16) announced that $167.8 million for the Second Avenue Subway project will be included in the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations bill that is expected to pass the House tonight.  The Senate is set to pass the bill later this week. 
Nov 14, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the final version of the federal Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill for FY2008, which contains $171,235,000 for the Second Avenue Subway and $215,000,000 for East Side Access, which will both provide relief for commuters in her congressional district.  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the passage of major new funding for the two projects, which she has championed in Congress.
Sep 25, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – The Federal Transit Administration has informed Congress that it will approve a full-funding grant agreement for the Second Avenue Subway, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Governor Eliot Spitzer, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced today.  The New Yorkers hailed this crucial investment in New York City’s transportation system, which is expected to provide about $1.3 billion in federal funds to build the first leg of the subway project.
Jul 25, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and José E. Serrano (NY-16) announced that $200 million for the Second Avenue Subway project was included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation appropriations bill that passed the House late last night.  The bill is now headed to the Senate for its approval. 
Jul 11, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and José E. Serrano (NY-16) announced $200 million for the Second Avenue Subway project had been included in the FY2008 Transportation – HUD appropriations bill, which passed the full Appropriations Committee today. 
Apr 16, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) delivered the following statement at today’s historic groundbreaking for the Second Avenue Subway:
Feb 6, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the inclusion of $200 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway project in President Bush’s FY 2008 budget proposal.  The President also recommended yesterday that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) enter into a full funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration, which would direct a total of $1.3 billion in federal funding to the MTA for the first phase of the subway project.  According to recent press reports, construction on the Second Avenue Subway is scheduled to begin in the next few months.
Sep 29, 2006 Press Release
New York, NY: On Wednesday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) submitted testimony at a hearing held by the City Planning Commission regarding the197-a plan prepared by Community Board 6 and the East Side Rezoning Alliance. The plan is a comprehensive long-range vision for the east Midtown community that addresses many of the area’s specific infrastructure and planning needs, including those pertaining to the development of the former Con Edison Waterside site, construction of the Second Avenue Subway and the creation of a waterfront esplanade along the East River.

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