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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.


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, 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.
Dec 19, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - The economic benefits of the Second Avenue subway, including thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, would far outweigh initial construction costs and greatly improve the city's transit system, a group of elected officials, transit, business and labor leaders said today, led by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Charles Rangel, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and Robert Yaro, President of the Regional Plan Association.
Jul 25, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - New York's Second Avenue subway got another major endorsement this year from the full Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday with the inclusion of $3 million for the project in the appropriations bill that passed the full committee. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), the prime sponsor of the project in the House called decision "a major development for the much needed subway."
Feb 27, 2003 Press Release
  • Third Consecutive Year of Federal Funding

  • "Recommended" Status from Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • Project on Schedule for 2004 Construction Start

  • Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Awaiting FTA Approval

  • Design and Engineering Nearing Completion

  • $1.05 Billion in MTA Capital Plan

  • Existing Tunnel Segments Planned for Use in New Subway Line

WASHINGTON: The third consecutive year of federal funding for the Second Avenue subway became a reality this week, as the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2003 became law. Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the lead advocate for the subway in the House, detailed numerous additional advances in the subway's path to completion, including this year's federal funding news.

Feb 13, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON: New York's Second Avenue subway got another significant boost today as the House and Senate finalized an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $2 million for the project for Fiscal Year 2003.

Oct 1, 2002 Press Release
WASHINGTON: New York's Second Avenue subway got a major boost today as the House Appropriations Committee included $4 million for the project in its fiscal year 2003 transportation bill. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY), the prime advocate for the project in the House, called the action "a key victory for a project that will boost New York's economy and revitalize lower-Manhattan."
Jun 27, 2002 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney organized a letter signed by twenty-eight members of the New York delegation in the House asking Chairman Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Martin Olav Sabo of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation to provide federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway in the FY2003 transportation appropriations bill. This unprecedented support for the Second Avenue Subway comes from every member of the New York delegation other than three Appropriations Committee members who generally do not join requests for specific appropriations.

Jun 11, 2002 Press Release

NEW YORK: The U.S. Department of Transportation will release federal funds to the MTA this week for the long-awaited Second Avenue subway and for the extension of the Long Island Railroad into Grand Central Station - a project known as "East Side Access" - according to Transportation Department documents released today.

May 24, 2002 Press Release

NEW YORK: Last night at a public hearing held by the Lower-Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) highlighted the glaring absence of the Second Avenue subway in a preliminary proposal for the future of lower-Manhattan.

Dec 2, 2001 Press Release

NEW YORK: Elected leaders representing the East Side of Manhattan heralded new funds for the much needed Second Avenue subway today at Grand Central Station. The U.S. House of Representatives approved $2 million in funding on Friday for the much needed East Side line as part of the annual transportation appropriations bill and the Senate is expected to pass the bill as well next week.