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

Aug 12, 2013 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver penned a letter to MTA Chairman Thomas Pendergrast on Aug. 5, committing their support for the MTA’s progress on the Second Avenue Subway project, which is nearing Phase 2. In the letter, Congresswoman Maloney and Speaker Silver expressed enthusiasm and support for the MTA’s plans to begin discussions with the FTA regarding the possible need for a supplemental environmental review and a full funding grant agreement for Phase 2 of the project. Congresswoman Maloney and Speaker Silver also asked that the MTA share all future plans and changes to the project, including any foreseen difficulties, and provide a timetable for Phase 2.

Jul 29, 2013 Press Release

New York, NY – In recognition of the MTA reaching the halfway mark in building Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) issued a report card -- the fourth in a series -- to take stock of the MTA’s progress.  Maloney was joined by elected officials on the corner of 72nd Street and 2nd Avenue, where a muck house for the removal of blasting debris has recently been dismantled.  The MTA has completed all tunnel boring, awarded all ten of the contracts for the project, completed most of the blasting, begun dismantling muck houses and has remained on time and on budget for four straight years.  In recognition of the significant progress to date, the MTA earns an overall B+, up from a B on the last report card released in 2011.
 

Dec 13, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan-Queens) called for more speed in implementing high-speed rail in testimony before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing titled, “Northeast Corridor Future: Options for High-speed Rail Development and Opportunities for Private Sector Participation”  led by retiring Chair of the committee, Rep. John Mica (R-FL). Mica, in his opening remarks, reiterated his commitment to high speed rail in the Northeast Corridor.

Jul 27, 2012 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) celebrated the news this week that tunnel-boring had been completed on the East Side Access project, which will connect Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Grand Central Terminal, and is the largest mass transit initiative under construction anywhere in the United States. 

Jun 29, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) offered the following statement after passage of today’s transportation bill:


 

Jun 19, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) today hailed the inclusion of $123,384,621 for the Second Avenue Subway and $215,000,000 for the East Side Access project connecting Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Terminal in the House Transportation, Housing & Urban Development (THUD) appropriation proposed for Fiscal Year 2013, which was presented to the House Appropriations Committee today. Both figures reflect the amounts requested for each project by the Obama administration in its proposed FY ’13 budget.

Jun 18, 2012 Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today hailed the awarding by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of $197,182,000 in funds for the Second Avenue Subway.  Representative Maloney has fought for decades to secure federal funding for the vital infrastructure project, which is one of the biggest in the nation and will add the first new capacity to New York City’s sprawling underground transit network in more than sixty years. The Subway is located almost entirely in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which Maloney represents.

Mar 16, 2012 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) called on House Republican leadership to abandon its hyperpartisan transportation bill that would cripple vital urban and suburban transportation projects, and bring to the House floor the bipartisan transportation measure that passed the Senate this week by a 74 to 22 vote.

Feb 3, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today expressed her strong opposition to H.R. 3864, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Financing Act of 2012.  This legislation would, among other provisions, strip mass transit programs of the guaranteed funding they currently receive from the Highway Trust Fund, which is funded by the federal gasoline tax.  The Republican proposal would instead make mass transit funding entirely dependent on the annual appropriations process, introducing uncertainty that could make it more difficult to finance transit projects. 

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