Transportation

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney always works to improve the quality of life in her district, and subsequently has focused on transportation issues that impact the lives of thousands of New Yorkers on a daily basis.

2nd Avenue Subway: Building the Second Avenue Subway has been one of her top priorities since Congresswoman Maloney 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. Read More

50th Street Facility: Several years after the completion of its Final Environmental Impact Statement for East Side Access, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) decided to amend its original proposal which would have spread certain ventilation systems and mechanical facilities across several locations and instead decided to consolidate them into a 16 story facility on 49-50th streets between Park and Madison Avenues (the “Facility”).  This caused the business community, local residents and landmark preservation experts to express serious concerns about the plan.  They reached out to Congresswoman Maloney for assistance and she joined in leading a vigorous campaign.  As a result, the MTA completely revised its proposal in a way that satisfied the community's concerns. Read More

63rd Street Connector: One of the first major transportation projects Congresswoman Maloney championed as a member of Congress was the 1300-foot 63rd Street Tunnel Connector.  The project consisted of ½ mile of new construction and 8 miles of rehabilitation work.  Designed to relieve crowding on the E and F lines and make appropriate use of the 63rd Street Tunnel, it was completed in 2001. Congresswoman Maloney worked with her colleagues in the New York delegation, particularly then-Congressman Thomas Manton who brought the idea to President Clinton's attention, to obtain federal funding. With their support, the federal government contributed $306.1 million out of a total project cost of $645 million. Read More

East Side Access: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) proposes to build a new rail link to provide direct access for LIRR riders to Grand Central Terminal. The project would bring approximately 160,000 new passengers, including 5,000 residents of Western Queens, into Grand Central Station. Congresswoman Maloney has been a strong supporter of the East Side Access project, and has worked with her colleagues to procure Congressional earmarks for the project. Read More

Long Island City Links: Long Island City Links is an initiative being developed by the Department of City Planning that will lead to a comprehensive network of pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections between Long Island City residential and business areas and new parks, retail stores, and cultural institutions. Read More

Queens Plaza Roadway: Congresswoman Maloney has worked with the NYC Department of City Planning to redevelop Queens Plaza and transform it from a pedestrian's nightmare to a welcoming gateway to Queens and Manhattan. When completed, Queens Plaza will have better traffic patterns, improved crossings, bike paths and new open space.  Most of the funding for this project comes from the federal government. Read More

L Train Repairs: During Superstorm Sandy, the 100 year old Canarsie Tube that brings the L Train under the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn was flooded with 7 million gallons of saltwater and was forced to close for 11 days.  The MTA tells us that this was the subway tunnel most adversely affected by the storm, and that the aging and overcrowded tunnel needs additional upgrades.  Ridership on the L Train has risen nearly 240% since 1990, with an increase of nearly 470% at Bedford Avenue alone. The MTA is proposing major repairs that will have a significant impact on commuters to and from Greenpoint in Brooklyn and 14th Street in Manhattan. As part of the repairs, the Canarsie Tube will be significantly upgraded, as will the 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue Stations.  Much of the cost of the repairs will be funded from the $5.4 billion in federal funds Congresswoman Maloney and her colleagues were able to obtain to help the MTA recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Documents/Reports:

11/8/2004 - Response from the US Environmental Protection Agency to Congresswoman Maloney

10/1/2004 - Letter from Citizens for a Safe East Fiftieth to Administrator Leavitt and Secretary Ridge

More on Transportation

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.

Nov 30, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON: Today, Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY-07) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) were successful in securing $250,000 in Federal funding for the Long Island City Links Project (LIC Links). LIC Links will lead to a comprehensive network of innovative pedestrian, bicycle and transit connections between Long Island City residential and business areas and new parks, retail stores, and cultural institutions. The House today voted to approve the funding as a part of the FY 2002 House Transportation Appropriations Bill.

Nov 30, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON: US Senators Charles E. Schumer, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Peter King, Carolyn Maloney and Gregory Meeks announced today that the two most important New York City mass transit capital projects - East Side Access and the 2nd Avenue Subway - will receive a combined $16.7 million in new federal funding. Also included in the funding package is $5 million for the Cross Harbor Freight Rail Tunnel Study and $3 million for the Jamaica Station Intermodal. Earmarked as part of the 2002 Transportation Appropriations Bill, Schumer, Clinton, Nadler, King, Maloney and Meeks pushed these funding projects through conference committee.

Nov 30, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON: The Second Avenue subway got its second boost of the week last night as Congress moved forward with $2 million in funding for the much needed East Side line. A conference committee of the U.S. House and Senate agreed late last night on a final version of the Fiscal Year 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill and it includes funds for the Second Ave subway. The House passed the bill this morning.

Jul 17, 2001 Press Release

NEW YORK: Testifying before a Congressional Subcommittee Field Hearing in New York City this week, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney detailed the continued problem of delays that have been crippling LaGuardia airport. Quoting a December 5th headline from the Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to LaGuardia, Enjoy Your Stay.", Congresswoman Maloney concluded that Congress must continue to limit flights scheduled at LaGuardia airport, citing the crisis of last September, when over 25 percent of all delays in the country occurred at LaGuardia airport, as the possible consequence of future inaction. The following are excerpts from the Congresswoman's testimony:

Jul 12, 2001 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) recognized the effective work of Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton today, as the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation announced it had included $3 million for the Second Avenue subway, $20 million for the East Side Access project for the Long Island Rail Road, and maintained funding for the Farley Post Office project in the annual Transportation Appropriations bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee will now consider the bill and send a final version to the full Senate for a vote.

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