Maloney and Rangel concerned that MTA 2015-2019 capital plan drops $1 billion in funding for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway

Oct 29, 2015
Press Release
Nearly one-third of cuts to MTA Capital Plan come from Second Avenue Subway Phase 2

 NEW YORK—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY12) and Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY13), longtime advocates for the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access, raised concerns about the capital plan adopted by the MTA’s Board today:

“While we are delighted that the state and city were able to reach an agreement to move the MTA’s Capital Plan forward, we are deeply concerned that roughly one-half of the reduction in the cost of plan (total reduction is $2.2 billion) is coming from the Second Avenue Subway. The current plan includes only $535 million for the Second Avenue Subway, most of which will be spent for preliminary engineering and design, as opposed to the $1.5 billion originally proposed. The MTA has also dropped its assumption that it would receive New Starts federal funding for the subway during this capital plan. New Yorkers have been promised a full build Second Avenue Subway since the 1920s. Based on the current schedule, one hundred years will have passed and we will still be waiting. This ‘go slow’ approach to the Second Avenue Subway is a huge mistake. ”