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

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.
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 .
Nov 30, 2005 Press Release
QUEENS, NY - Yesterday, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney toured the Queens portion of the East Side Access project with top Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) engineers and officials. MTA Capital Construction President Mysore Nagaraja and East Side Access Project Manager Dilip Patel updated Maloney on the progress of the project, which had two major victories this month: on November 8th, New York voters passed the Transportation Bond Act, which included $450 million for the project; additionally, on November 19th, Congresswoman Maloney and her colleagues secured $340 million for East Side Access in the federal FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill.
Nov 23, 2005 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney applauded the November 19th House and Senate passage of the federal FY 2006 Transportation Appropriations Bill, which included $340 million for East Side Access, $800,000 for the redevelopment of Queens Plaza, $150,000 towards a new senior center for Sunnyside Community Services and $150,000 to expand the Museum of the Moving Image.
Jul 28, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY) joined several members of the New York Congressional delegation in announcing a victory for New York in increased funding levels authorized for the State in today’s Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), as agreed upon by a conference committee of House and Senate legislators. Because earlier versions of the bill have already passed the House and Senate, final approval by Congress on today’s compromise legislation is widely anticipated.
Jul 7, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - In the wake of the terrorist attacks on London public transportation today, the Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security expressed sympathy and resolve to strengthen public transportation security in New York and across America. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) released the following statement:
Jun 17, 2005 Press Release
 NEW YORK, NY - After a helicopter crashed this afternoon in the East River just blocks south of the United Nations, the second in four days in the waters off Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is calling for greater scrutiny of helicopter traffic over New York City.
Apr 15, 2005 Press Release
 QUEENS PLAZA - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Queens, Manhattan) presented an enlarged check for $10.6 million to Iris Weinshall, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and to Amanda M. Burden, Director of the New York City Planning Department, to improve Queens Plaza’s transportation system in ways that reduce traffic pollution, clean the environment, and provide better bikeways and pedestrian paths for area residents.
Mar 10, 2005 Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) hailed the inclusion of the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access projects in H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), which was approved today by the House of Representatives. Now that TEA-LU has passed in the House, it will be considered by the Senate. Once the bill becomes law, the two major New York City infrastructure improvements would receive federal funds “for final design and construction for fiscal years 2004 through 2009."
Feb 10, 2005 Press Release
 

Rep. Maloney Hails Progress on Vital Infrastructure Improvements in Her District

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) today hailed the Federal Transit Administration’s decision to designate East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway as “highly recommended” projects, the only projects in the entire nation to receive that designation. The F.T.A. made the recommendations in its Fiscal Year 2006 New Starts Program Report. In addition, the Report announced that the F.T.A.’s 2006 budget will include $158 million in federal funds to be distributed to the Second Avenue Subway and five other projects from around the country, and $390 million for East Side Access.

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