Rep Maloney Celebrates Major Milestone for Second Avenue Subway Phase Two as the Federal Transit Administration Declares Environmental Review Complete
New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) greeted the news that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway with the following statement:
“I am thrilled that Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway has taken a giant step forward with the issuance of the FONSI by the FTA. This means the environmental review is complete, and that the federal government has signed off on the findings and concluded that the subway will not have a significant impact on the environment in East Harlem. The MTA can now move forward with engineering, the next major hurdle before construction begins.
“The finding of no significant impact is a huge step forward for Phase 2 and the first major sign that construction is moving forward. It took nearly 100 years for Phase 1 to be finished, but Phase 2 is well underway, and we will continue working until it is finished. The MTA should make every effort to complete the preliminaries quickly, so construction can begin. We need a full build Second Avenue Subway from 125th street to lower Manhattan and I know that we can make it happen.
“Phase 1 has shown to be a great success, alleviating much of the overcrowding that was affecting the Lexington Avenue line and providing better access to the Upper East Side of Manhattan where subway service was inadequate. I’m proud to have brought home key federal funding for the Phase 1 and will continue to fight for the funding we need for a full build.”
Congresswoman Maloney worked with her colleagues to secure $1.3 billion to build Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway, which included 4 stations: 63rd Street, 72nd Street, 86th Street and 96th Street. Phase 1 opened for fare service on January 1, 2017. Phase 2 is expected to include 3 stations at 106th, 116th, and 125th Street. Phase 2 will enable passengers to commute to and from East Harlem, and to reach Metro North trains and the bus to LaGuardia Airport. The federal government is expected to contribute roughly one-third of the cost of Phase 2.
After Phase 2 is completed, two additional phases are planned that will bring the Second Avenue Subway down to lower Manhattan.