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

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. 
Jul 11, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and José E. Serrano (NY-16) announced $200 million for the Second Avenue Subway project had been included in the FY2008 Transportation – HUD appropriations bill, which passed the full Appropriations Committee today. 
May 1, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – In response to today’s report by the National Transportation Safety Board on the October 2006 plane crash on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to permanently prohibit aircraft from flying over the East River unless pilots receive prior permission from and are controlled by air traffic control.  The FAA imposed such flight restrictions on a temporary basis last October; in February, the Administration proposed making the restrictions permanent, but has not yet formally done so.  Maloney represents the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the site of last year’s crash.
Apr 16, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) delivered the following statement at today’s historic groundbreaking for the Second Avenue Subway:
Feb 6, 2007 Press Release
New York, NY – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) hailed the inclusion of $200 million in federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway project in President Bush’s FY 2008 budget proposal.  The President also recommended yesterday that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) enter into a full funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration, which would direct a total of $1.3 billion in federal funding to the MTA for the first phase of the subway project.  According to recent press reports, construction on the Second Avenue Subway is scheduled to begin in the next few months.
Sep 29, 2006 Press Release
New York, NY: On Wednesday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) submitted testimony at a hearing held by the City Planning Commission regarding the197-a plan prepared by Community Board 6 and the East Side Rezoning Alliance. The plan is a comprehensive long-range vision for the east Midtown community that addresses many of the area’s specific infrastructure and planning needs, including those pertaining to the development of the former Con Edison Waterside site, construction of the Second Avenue Subway and the creation of a waterfront esplanade along the East River.
Apr 18, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved Final Design for the Second Avenue Subway, a major step forward for the project. During Final Design, final drawings, technical specifications, and contract documents necessary to obtain construction bids are prepared. Perhaps most significant, during Final Design the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will be negotiating a full funding grant agreement with the FTA which will ensure the infusion of substantial federal dollars into the construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

Jan 30, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) discussed upcoming improvements to Queens's transportation infrastructure at a town hall meeting at the HANAC Senior Center, highlighting three projects that will benefit her constituents: East Side Access, the Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project and the Queens Seawall. She was joined by Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and Councilman Eric Gioia who expressed the need for continued investment in Queens infrastructure. Joseph Petrocelli and Audrey Heffernan of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority made a Powerpoint presentation on East Side Access.  Penny Lee of the New York City Department of City Planning discussed the Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project. Jennifer Kao of the New York City Parks Department made a presentation on the Queens Gateway Park .
Jan 30, 2006 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - On Saturday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) discussed progress in building the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access at a town hall meeting held in Ruppert Community Room on the Upper East Side .  Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer , Assemblyman Jonathan Bing , Councilmembers Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick joined her in expressing support for the projects.  Joseph Petrocelli and Audrey Heffernan of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority presented a power point presentation on the Second Avenue Subway, and Christopher Jones of the Regional Plan Association discussed the importance of the two projects to the economic success of the region.

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