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 19, 2010 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, a bipartisan group of New York Representatives wrote to federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging him to transfer to New York transit projects -including the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, and the new Moynihan Station- $3 billion in federal funding that had been slated for the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project, which was canceled in October by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Oct 12, 2010 Press Release
New York, NY -- On October 10, 2010, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D, Manhattan/Queens) joined State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Micah Kellner in Turtle Bay to celebrate the launch of the M15 Select Bus Service (SBS) on First and Second Avenues, and to call on the MTA to re-evaluate the crosstown service cuts made in June to the M104, M27, and M50 on late nights and weekends.
Jun 25, 2010 Press Release

New York, NY -- Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Jonathan Bing, and Councilmembers Dan Garodnick and Jessica Lappin delivered more than 2,400 petitions from concerned New York commuters to MTA Chairman Jay Walder urging him to halt the MTA’s plans to cut crosstown service on nights and weekends in the Turtle Bay neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan. The cuts are scheduled to take effect this Sunday.


Aug 10, 2009 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) applauded the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2010-2014 capital plan, which will fully fund the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway and the completion of East Side Access.  Maloney has long championed the transit projects, which will be located almost entirely within her congressional district.

“Even in these challenging economic times, the MTA is maintaining its strong commitment to completing the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access --and that’s a huge win for New York straphangers,” said Rep. Maloney.

May 7, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) applauded the release by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) of millions in stimulus funding for the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access megaprojects, which are located almost entirely within Maloney’s congressional district. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the early delivery of $78.9 million for the Second Avenue Subway and $195.4 million for East Side Access, along with funding for seven other projects around the country.

Feb 24, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) announced that $277.7 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway and $209.6 million for East Side Access have been included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 1105).  The House is likely to pass the omnibus spending bill tomorrow. 

“Transit is the lifeblood of New York and this bill will give our system a $487 million shot in the arm,” said Rep. Maloney. 
Dec 15, 2008 Press Release

New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republican Leader Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL); and Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) at a press conference at Penn Station to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a request for proposals to build high-speed rail lines between New York and Washington, D.C.; New York and Buffalo; and 9 other corridors around the country.

Jul 30, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY -- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, and representatives of other local elected officials met with representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week to discuss the need for a full environmental review of the MTA’s current plan for the entrance locations at 72nd Street and 86th Street for the Second Avenue Subway.  The July 21st meeting was convened by the MTA in response to a letter sent by the elected officials, who are responding to community concerns about the impact of mid-block station entrances on their residential neighborhood.
May 21, 2008 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the Vice Chair of the JEC, released a report today showing that flight delays in 2007 cost the economy a total of $41 billion.  In the report, entitled “Your Flight Has Been Delayed Again:  Flight Delays Cost Passengers, Airlines, and the U.S. Economy Billions in 2007,” the JEC used over 10 million individual flight records from the Department of Transportation to show that delays are costly to passengers, airlines, and the economy.  With the number of domestic flights increasing over 40 percent in the last two decades, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasting that U.S. air travelers will grow from more than 689 million passengers in 2007 to more than 1.1 billion in 2025, these severe economic costs will likely grow as well. 
Feb 4, 2008 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the inclusion of $277.7 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway project and $219.3 million for East Side Access in President Bush’s FY 2009 budget proposal.  Click here for a detailed copy of the Federal Transit Administration’s budget for next year, which includes the proposed funding.

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