Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) celebrated the news that the state budget will include an additional $1 billion for the Second Avenue Subway:
“When I first ran for Congress, one of my top priorities was building the Second Avenue Subway. As phase 1 of the project nears completion, it is critical to have sufficient funding in place to ensure that the MTA can move forward seamlessly with phase 2. Adding $1 billion back into the budget, bringing the total state commitment to $1.5 billion, is a clear sign of Governor Cuomo’s dedication to completing this project, which is very welcome news indeed.
“I want to thank my colleagues in government, particularly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez and Congressman Charlie Rangel, for their support and continuing advocacy for a restoration of the funds for the Second Avenue Subway. As anyone who rides the Lexington Avenue line knows, there is a limit to how many people you can cram into the subway. We need a fully built Second Avenue Subway to provide real relief.
“I fought to get $1.3 billion in federal funds for phase 1 and I will work with the MTA and my colleagues in government to obtain federal funds for phase 2. The Second Avenue Subway is crucial for New York and we need to do everything we can to make sure it is completed.”
Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway is scheduled for completion in December 2016. With new stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets and Second Avenue and a new platform and entrances at 63rd Street and Third Avenue, it will connect onto existing Q train tracks and provide a one seat ride to lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Phase 2 would add stations at 106th and 116th, and terminate at the existing station at 125th and Lexington Avenue. Phase 1 is expected to have 202,000 riders on day one and decrease crowding on the Lexington Avenue line by as much as 13%, or 23,500 fewer riders on an average weekday. Preliminary estimates say Phases 1 and 2 together would carry 303,000 passengers a day.