Rep. Maloney Applauds Latest Federal Funding for Second Avenue Subway
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) today hailed the awarding by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of $197,182,000 in funds for the Second Avenue Subway. Representative Maloney has fought for decades to secure federal funding for the vital infrastructure project, which is one of the biggest in the nation and will add the first new capacity to New York City’s sprawling underground transit network in more than sixty years. The Subway is located almost entirely in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which Maloney represents.
The new infusion of federal funding for the Second Avenue Subway represents the latest installment of the $1.3 billion in federal funding that was committed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) under the full-funding grant agreement governing Phase I of the project, which will see the subway line connecting three stations on Second Avenue, at East 96th, 86th, and 72nd Streets, to the current F line train station at East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue.
“These federal funds will help keep this critical Second Avenue Subway project on track,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “It’s projected that, immediately upon its completion, the new subway line will carry more than 200,000 passengers every day – and, while it’s being built, it’s providing tens of thousands of well-paying jobs right here in New York City,” said Maloney.
“President Obama and his administration are to be applauded for their commitment to strengthening and refurbishing our nation’s infrastructure, and to helping our nation’s cities rebuild. Urban areas remain vital to our economy, and initiatives like the Second Avenue Subway help keep America competitive in the twenty-first century global economy,” said Congresswoman Maloney.