$200 Million for 2nd Avenue Subway Passes U.S. House

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. 

“This is the largest infusion of federal funding to date for the Second Avenue Subway, with more to come when the MTA and the federal government sign a full-funding grant agreement for the project,” said Maloney.  “This is great news for all New York City straphangers, but especially those who ride the Lexington Avenue line, the most overcrowded subway in the nation.  On day one, the Second Avenue Subway will carry nearly 200,000 riders, reducing crowding on the Lex line by 13 percent.  I want to thank my good friend Mr. Serrano for all of his hard work on this important project.”

 “As the only New York City Member on the Appropriations Committee, I was happy to be able to help secure funding for this vital project,” Serrano said. “New York City has a subway system that is the envy of many cities around the world. The new 2nd Avenue line will only improve our great system, making it more convenient for many users and less crowded for all. I would like to extend my thanks to my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee for including this funding and of course to my friend Carolyn Maloney, who has been a tireless advocate for the 2nd Avenue Subway line. Many of her constituents and many of mine will see their commutes up and down the East Side of Manhattan improve when this project is complete.”

Maloney and Serrano have been long-time supporters of the Second Avenue Subway project, which when completed, will ease overcrowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue line, and provide new more convenient service for many users on the East Side of Manhattan.