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

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.
Dec 18, 2007 Press Release

Long Island City, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan), Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) sent a letter today to Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding the lack of progress on the Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project.

Dec 16, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) and José E. Serrano (NY-16) announced that $167.8 million for the Second Avenue Subway project will be included in the FY2008 Consolidated Appropriations bill that is expected to pass the House tonight.  The Senate is set to pass the bill later this week. 
Dec 11, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, Queens) announced today that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has approved the permit application of Octagon LP to construct a water taxi dock on Roosevelt Island.  Representative Maloney, who urged the federal agency to render a decision on the water dock permit application in order to improve transportation options for local residents, noted that water taxi service will increase Roosevelt Island’s accessibility and security.
Nov 14, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the final version of the federal Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill for FY2008, which contains $171,235,000 for the Second Avenue Subway and $215,000,000 for East Side Access, which will both provide relief for commuters in her congressional district.  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the passage of major new funding for the two projects, which she has championed in Congress.
Sep 25, 2007 Press Release

New York, NY- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, Queens) wrote a letter last Friday to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) urging the ACE to render a decision on the proposed Roosevelt Island water taxi dock.  The application, filed more than a year and a half ago by the architecture firm Becker & Becker Associates, seeks permission to build and operate a water taxi dock near the Octagon, a residential development on the northern end of Roosevelt Island.  Rep. Maloney points to increases in accessibility and security as advantages of the addition.

Sep 25, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – The Federal Transit Administration has informed Congress that it will approve a full-funding grant agreement for the Second Avenue Subway, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Governor Eliot Spitzer, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced today.  The New Yorkers hailed this crucial investment in New York City’s transportation system, which is expected to provide about $1.3 billion in federal funds to build the first leg of the subway project.
Jul 26, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) and Peter King (R-Seaford) announced today that $215 million was included for Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Manhattan East Side Access (ESA) project in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives this week.  The bill is now headed to the Senate for its approval. 
Jul 25, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and José E. Serrano (NY-16) announced that $200 million for the Second Avenue Subway project was included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation appropriations bill that passed the House late last night.  The bill is now headed to the Senate for its approval. 

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