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

Nov 1, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and John Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today toured the recently-completed tunnels for the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway.  After the tour, Maloney and Mica discussed the progress of the Second Avenue Subway and of the long-term reauthorization of federal transportation programs.  

Oct 5, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging the agency to study the dangers posed by unfettered helicopter flights over New York City.  Maloney represents the East Side of Manhattan, including the location of yesterday’s tragic helicopter crash.  Maloney’s letter to FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt follows.

Oct 4, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who represents the East Side in Congress, issued the following statement in response to the helicopter crash in the East River this afternoon.

Sep 24, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Members Micah Kellner and Dan Quart, and Council Members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick released their 3rd annual report card on the construction of the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway. 

Sep 22, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) issued the following statement today upon the completion of tunneling required for the first phase of the long-awaited Second Avenue Subway project. 

Sep 13, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) applauded the passage by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and HUD of the full funding allotments scheduled for this year for the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access projects.

Sep 13, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), today issued the following statement upon passage of the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act, authorizing continued funding for highway and transit construction initiatives through March 31, 2012, and funding for the Federal Aviation Administration through January 31, 2012.
 

Aug 22, 2011 Press Release

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) hailed the delivery today of a $295 million federal high-speed rail grant to improve “Harold Interlocking,” a junction point in Sunnyside Yards through which trains from three major transit systems must pass on their way into and out of New York.

Jun 24, 2011 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) applauded the announcement of Federal Transit Administration funding for the two major New York City transit projects today. $197 million in funding for the 2nd Avenue Subway and $215 million for the East Side Access project -linking the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal- will be coming to the Metropolitan Transit Authority as part of the Full Funding Grant Agreements governing both projects.

May 19, 2011 Press Release
Queens, NY –U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan), State Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, General Contractors Association Managing Director Denise Richardson, and Michael Murphy of Transportation Alternatives gathered today at the Sunnyside Rail Yards in Queens to issue a report outlining the thousands of jobs and other economic benefits that will be created through the new, $295 million federal high-speed rail grant to improve “Harold Interlocking,” a junction point in Sunnyside Yards through which trains from three major transit systems must pass on their way into and out of New York.  The grant will help relieve major delays at the junction that have plagued New York travelers for years and pave the way for high-speed rail from New York to Boston. 

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