Jun 29, 2000
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tonight, when weary House and Senate negotiators brought the conference report of the FY2000 supplemental appropriations spending bill to the House and Senate floors, included in the final text of the bill was $3 million for New York's Second Avenue subway secured by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens). The conference report will likely be voted on in both the House and Senate before the July 4th recess and signed by the President shortly thereafter.

"The over-crowded, bursting Lexington Avenue subway line is a cataclysmic disaster waiting to happen. The Lex. line is routinely at 140% of capacity during rush hour. People are commuting in booming numbers throughout New York City and the outer boroughs. And if the East Side Access project is successful, tens of thousands of new commuters will be deposited into Manhattan's already congested subway system. Building a Second Ave. subway line must be done in tandem, and with unified support behind the Capital Plan, the time is now to begin digging.

"Today, Congress sent a strong message that the federal government supports the construction of a Second Ave. subway. The East Side Access project and the subway plan are not either/or projects. They are both essential for New York's many residents and commuters. I am confident that today's federal dollars will be followed by more supportive actions from Washington, as we push on in the campaign to build New Yorkers a Second Ave. subway," Maloney said.