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

Apr 18, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved Final Design for the Second Avenue Subway, a major step forward for the project. During Final Design, final drawings, technical specifications, and contract documents necessary to obtain construction bids are prepared. Perhaps most significant, during Final Design the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will be negotiating a full funding grant agreement with the FTA which will ensure the infusion of substantial federal dollars into the construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

Jan 30, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) discussed upcoming improvements to Queens's transportation infrastructure at a town hall meeting at the HANAC Senior Center, highlighting three projects that will benefit her constituents: East Side Access, the Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project and the Queens Seawall. She was joined by Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Councilman Eric Gioia who expressed the need for continued investment in Queens infrastructure. Joseph Petrocelli and Audrey Heffernan of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority made a Powerpoint presentation on East Side Access.  Penny Lee of the New York City Department of City Planning discussed the Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project. Jennifer Kao of the New York City Parks Department made a presentation on the Queens Gateway Park .
Jan 30, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) discussed progress in building the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access at a town hall meeting held in Ruppert Community Room on the Upper East Side .  Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer , Assemblyman Jonathan Bing , Councilmembers Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick joined her in expressing support for the projects.  Joseph Petrocelli and Audrey Heffernan of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority presented a power point presentation on the Second Avenue Subway, and Christopher Jones of the Regional Plan Association discussed the importance of the two projects to the economic success of the region.
Nov 18, 2005 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) hailed the advance of millions of dollars in federal aid for the Second Avenue Subway and the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) East Side Access project in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation Appropriations bill. The Second Avenue subway is slated to receive $25 million and East Side Access will receive $340 million.
Nov 9, 2005 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney applauded the passage of the Transportation Bond Act. The measure, which was decisively approved by New York voters on November 8th, will provide critical funding for the Second Avenue Subway, a key transportation project in Maloney’s district.

Jul 28, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) joined several members of the New York Congressional delegation in announcing a victory for New York in increased funding levels authorized for the State in today’s Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), as agreed upon by a conference committee of House and Senate legislators. Because earlier versions of the bill have already passed the House and Senate, final approval by Congress on today’s compromise legislation is widely anticipated.
Mar 10, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) hailed the inclusion of the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access projects in H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), which was approved today by the House of Representatives. Now that TEA-LU has passed in the House, it will be considered by the Senate. Once the bill becomes law, the two major New York City infrastructure improvements would receive federal funds “for final design and construction for fiscal years 2004 through 2009."
Feb 10, 2005 Press Release
 

Rep. Maloney Hails Progress on Vital Infrastructure Improvements in Her District

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) today hailed the Federal Transit Administration’s decision to designate East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway as “highly recommended” projects, the only projects in the entire nation to receive that designation. The F.T.A. made the recommendations in its Fiscal Year 2006 New Starts Program Report. In addition, the Report announced that the F.T.A.’s 2006 budget will include $158 million in federal funds to be distributed to the Second Avenue Subway and five other projects from around the country, and $390 million for East Side Access.

Nov 20, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) today hailed the passage of $2.5 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway in the omnibus spending bill just approved by Congress. The funding will mark the 5th year in a row that the vitally needed mass transit project on Manhattan’s East Side has received funding from the federal government.
Feb 3, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan, Queens) welcomed today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that it had recommended to Congress the allocation of significant federal funding for two important New York transit projects: the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project, which includes a stop in Sunnyside, Queens, and New York City's Second Avenue subway project.

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