REP. MALONEY HAILS FUNDING FOR SECOND AVE. SUBWAY, EAST SIDE ACCESS

Feb 1, 2010
Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) today hailed the inclusion of $197 million for the Second Avenue Subway and $215 million for East Side Access in the Obama Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Transit Administration budget. Congresswoman Maloney has long championed the transit projects, which are both located almost entirely within New York’s 14th Congressional District that she represents.

“I am gratified that the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access remain at the top of the Federal Transit Administration’s funding priorities. I am proud that two of the largest mass transit projects in construction are both in the 14th Congressional District, and pleased that they are continuing to advance with help from the federal government,” said Congresswoman Maloney.

“Starting on Day One of their operation, these two projects will move tens of thousands of riders, more than the entire mass transit capacity of most cities in America,” she added.

Last fall, Congresswoman Maloney issued a report outlining the jobs and other economic benefits created by the construction of the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access. Please click here for a full copy of Maloney’s report.

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Background:

In November 2007, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the MTA signed a full-funding grant agreement for the Second Avenue Subway, which will provide $1.3 billion in federal funds to build the subway’s first leg. In February 2009, Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill that included a $277.7 million funding installment for the subway.

In December 2006, the FTA and the MTA signed a full-funding grant agreement for East Side Access, which will provide $2.6 billion in federal funds for the project. February’s appropriations bill also included $209.6 million for East Side Access.

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.

In the mid-1990s, Rep. Maloney began a campaign to resuscitate the Second Avenue Subway after the project had lain dormant for decades. The subway project, as planned, would run primarily through the 14th Congressional District, which Maloney represents.
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, Wall Street, 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.
East Side Access will bring the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, carrying approximately 163,000 average weekday boardings.