Congresswoman Maloney Meets with Secretary Buttigieg to Discuss Top Priority Infrastructure Projects
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, today met with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg during his visit to New York City to discuss her top infrastructure priorities for New York.
“I was thrilled to meet with Secretary Buttigieg today in Penn Station to discuss the next phases of building the Second Avenue Subway, investing in a proposed passenger station at Sunnyside Yards, and electrifying the postal fleet.
“It took 100 years to build the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway, and we can’t afford to wait another 100 years for the next phase. The new Q Train has helped to reduce overcrowding on other subway lines and spurred economic growth.
“As we finish up East Side Access – an $11 billion project – to finally bring the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Grand Central, we need to ensure that Sunnyside Yards meets the current and future needs of Queens residents. LIRR, Amtrak and NJ Transit are already coming into Sunnyside Yard, and with Penn Station Access bringing Metro North through the Yard, it would be shortsighted to allow so many transit system to converge without providing station access for passengers.
“Lastly, as Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I have been working with my colleagues to electrify the Postal Service’s vehicle fleet. The Postal Service currently owns and operates one of the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleets, composed of more than 228,000 vehicles. All federal government fleets should be moving to electric, zero emissions vehicles, and with the Postal Service poised to purchase new vehicles, these new vehicles should meet that criteria.”