Maloney and NYC pols to keep a close eye on MTA construction progress
NEW YORK—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (District 5), and Vice President of Communications for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Laura Bucko provided an update on the progress of the Second Avenue Subway. A new report from Maloney shows the project is now 83.4% completed. The report includes updates on 4 stations (ranging between 44% and 89% complete), 12 station entrances (all in progress), 8 ancillary buildings (all above ground), 25 escalators, and 16 elevators. It also notes that delivery of 22,000 linear feet of track will be complete by the end of June, and that 40% of the track (8,780 feet) has been installed. A copy of the report can be found here.
“In May 2014, the MTA reported that the project was 65% finished – and it’s now more than 83% complete. That’s good news, but they have a lot more to do if they are going to finish it by December 2016,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “I want to make sure they meet their target. I believe the best way to ensure that they do so is by keep a close eye on their progress. With transportation construction, time really is money. If the project goes long, costs will go up.”
“Eighty-six years after the Second Avenue Subway was first proposed, Phase One is finally rolling toward completion and East Side residents will finally see a reward for their amazing patience,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Thanks to Dr. Horodniceanu’s tireless efforts to get this project on track and Rep. Maloney’s determination to keep it that way, East Side residents should be able to take the Second Avenue Subway to and from Midtown in 2016.”
“The opening of the Second Avenue subway, a dream since the 1920s, is getting close,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “Thanks to Congresswoman Maloney, the MTA and many others for moving the project forward and providing necessary leadership. I can’t wait for the day that Yorkville commuters can take the train just blocks away from their homes, and we need to ensure it stays on track.”
“I have walked through the tunnels frequently since day one and the progress is amazing. I know that the MTA says the project is about 83.4% complete and on target. On the most recent walk through with Dr. Horodniceanu last month, it sure feels like it! We cannot wait for a one-stop ride to midtown west and below through to Brooklyn on the Q line. Also we are very relieved to have the pressure taken off the overcrowded #6 line!,” said Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Ploeger.
In November 2007, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the MTA signed a full-funding grant agreement (FFGA) for the Second Avenue Subway, which will provide $1.3 billion in federal funds to build the subway’s first leg (full-funding grant agreements are commitments by the federal government to provide a total amount of funding, delivered in installments, over the life of a project). Recently the FFGA was amended to require the MTA to complete the project by February 2018. The MTA maintains that it will finish the project by December 2016.
The full-length Second Avenue Subway will be an 8 ½ mile two-track line beginning at 125th street and ending in Hanover Square in lower Manhattan. The subway’s first segment will include stops at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and tunnels from 99th to 62nd Streets. At 63rd Street, the new subway line will link onto the existing Q-line tracks, providing a one-seat ride from the Upper East Side to Times Square, lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Construction of the full-length subway has been divided into four phases. Once completed, the first subway phase will carry more than 200,000 riders each day and relieve massive congestion on the most overcrowded subway routes in the nation: the 4, 5, and 6 Lexington Avenue IRT trains on Manhattan’s East Side.
The Second Avenue Subway project has created 16,000 jobs, generated $842 million in wages, and produced $2.87 billion in economic activity. In the mid-1990s, Rep. Maloney began a campaign to resuscitate the Second Avenue Subway after the project had lain dormant for decades, and she has worked to include funding for the Second Avenue Subway in appropriations bills. All of the funding called for under the FFGA has been appropriated. The subway project, as planned, would run primarily through the 12th Congressional District, which Maloney represents.