Second Avenue Subway
With New York Cityâ€™s continual growth, the need for a second subway line has always been there. After numerous false starts, Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway Project has begun in 2012. This is rapid transit subway line that runs two miles long and consists of three station in Manhattan.
The Second Avenue Subway will help decrease the traffic at the Lexington Avenue line. This will prevent overcrowding as well as solve some of the delay problems. The new line will help make the travel for both city and suburban commuters travel an easier task. This transit system will also provide easier access to the residents living in Eastern Manhattan.
In 2011, the Second Avenue Subway finished itâ€™s second pass from the 92nd Street and Second Avenue. This means the tunnel has finally broken through to the original Lexington Avenue and 63rd street station. Reaching this milestone means that itâ€™s time to start laying the concrete for the project. We believe the subway will be ready for passenger usage by 2016.
In June 2012, the Federal Transit Administration awarded the Second Avenue Subway Project construction fund $197 million. This money is intended to help with the cost of the first phase and takes care of a large chunk of the $1.3 billion project. Rep Carolyn Maloneyâ€™s office confirmed that the fund will be included in the 2013 fiscal year budget. We feel that the new subway service will pay for itself over time with our expectation that it will carry more than 200,000 passengers every day.