Everybody Is Sounding Off About 2nd Avenue Subway Opening Delay


Even the Jewish Voice of NY is after the MTA to announce a completion date:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has long been promising to open the first phase of the Second Avenue subway by January 2017. While granted the undertaking of a new subway line beneath NY’s infrastructure is a formidable task, still a promise is a promise and we have waited patiently for seven years for this agreed upon time to arrive. The subway station has been on the to-do-list since back in the 1930s. “This multibillion-dollar project has taken decades to finish and the MTA owes it to residents and small businesses to wrap up construction as soon as possible,” said Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. “The MTA must always guarantee the safety of its riders, but this has taken long enough and they need to keep to schedule.”

As reported by Curbed NY, the clock is ticking away against the deadline and the MTA has yet to announce an opening date for the new line. We know that there has been progress, train cars have been taken from the Q line and test runs have been made, but the time frame for the opening remains a mystery. At an MTA board meeting in late October, Kent Haggas, an independent engineer who is reviewing the line’s progress, said that the 86th and 72nd Street stations may not be ready to open by December. “Basically, the progress to date needs to be almost tripled on a weekly basis to give us confidence we’ll finish everything by the end of December. The program definitely needs to ramp up,” said Haggas. At that same meeting the MTA’s chairman, Thomas F. Prendergast agreed there were several problems but said, “There is still a ways to go, and we’re still hopeful at this time for Dec. 31.”

The new number 7 train line at Hudson yards which opened in September 2015, was riddled with problems from the very start. The $2 billion station had reported leaks and puddles, while escalators and bathrooms were also closed for servicing. Perhaps that experience is now prompting caution by the MTA in unveiling the Second Avenue subway line.The new number 7 train line at Hudson yards which opened in September 2015, was riddled with problems from the very start. The $2 billion station had reported leaks and puddles, while escalators and bathrooms were also closed for servicing. Perhaps that experience is now prompting caution by the MTA in unveiling the Second Avenue subway line.

Can’t we wait on the bathrooms? New Yorkers can handle it!

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