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

Aug 17, 2004 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - New York’s Congressional Democrats, including Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Maurice Hinchey, Elliot Engel, Anthony Weiner, and Major Owens, released a report today outlining the issues on which the Bush administration has been detrimental to New York. The Republican National Convention will be held in New York City in two weeks, and it is likely that at that time the GOP will paint a rosy picture of its treatment of New York - a picture discounted by this Congressional report.

Jun 21, 2004 Press Release
GRAND CENTRAL STATION, NEW YORK- Citing the recent terrorist attacks on Madrid’s subway system and the fact that over 195 terrorist attacks occurred on surface transportation systems worldwide between 1997 and 2000, members of Congress and transportation labor leaders today called for a major overhaul of rail and transit security policies by the federal government.
Feb 3, 2004 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (Manhattan, Queens) welcomed today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that it had recommended to Congress the allocation of significant federal funding for two important New York transit projects: the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project, which includes a stop in Sunnyside, Queens, and New York City's Second Avenue subway project.
Dec 19, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - The economic benefits of the Second Avenue subway, including thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity, would far outweigh initial construction costs and greatly improve the city's transit system, a group of elected officials, transit, business and labor leaders said today, led by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Charles Rangel, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, and Robert Yaro, President of the Regional Plan Association.
Jul 25, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - New York's Second Avenue subway got another major endorsement this year from the full Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday with the inclusion of $3 million for the project in the appropriations bill that passed the full committee. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), the prime sponsor of the project in the House called decision "a major development for the much needed subway."
Feb 27, 2003 Press Release
  • Third Consecutive Year of Federal Funding

  • "Recommended" Status from Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • Project on Schedule for 2004 Construction Start

  • Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Awaiting FTA Approval

  • Design and Engineering Nearing Completion

  • $1.05 Billion in MTA Capital Plan

  • Existing Tunnel Segments Planned for Use in New Subway Line

WASHINGTON: The third consecutive year of federal funding for the Second Avenue subway became a reality this week, as the omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2003 became law. Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the lead advocate for the subway in the House, detailed numerous additional advances in the subway's path to completion, including this year's federal funding news.

Feb 13, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON: New York's East Side Access project - connecting the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station with a stop in Sunnyside Queens - got another significant boost today as the House and Senate finalized an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $13.5 million for the project for Fiscal Year 2003.
Feb 13, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON: New York's Second Avenue subway got another significant boost today as the House and Senate finalized an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $2 million for the project for Fiscal Year 2003.

Oct 1, 2002 Press Release
WASHINGTON: New York's Second Avenue subway got a major boost today as the House Appropriations Committee included $4 million for the project in its fiscal year 2003 transportation bill. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY), the prime advocate for the project in the House, called the action "a key victory for a project that will boost New York's economy and revitalize lower-Manhattan."
Jun 27, 2002 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney organized a letter signed by twenty-eight members of the New York delegation in the House asking Chairman Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Martin Olav Sabo of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation to provide federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway in the FY2003 transportation appropriations bill. This unprecedented support for the Second Avenue Subway comes from every member of the New York delegation other than three Appropriations Committee members who generally do not join requests for specific appropriations.

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