NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After stalling for years, state and federal leaders believe the expansion of the Second Avenue subway will eventually be given the green light.
But the federal government still has to approve three new stations in East Harlem.
CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas was there Tuesday as Governor Kathy Hochul go down the tunnel to visit.
Excavated in the 1970s, the tunnel for the 2nd Avenue subway extension remains dormant.
With the most recent proposals stalled in the Trump administration, Governor Hochul, along with members of the New York’s congressional delegation, said the plans are finally ready to take off.
“Ladies and gentlemen, next stop: 125th Street,” Hochul said.
The first phase, completed in 2017, spans the Q train from Lexington Avenue at 63rd Street to 96th Street.
Phase two will add new stations at 106th Street, 116th Street and 125th Street in East Harlem, an area currently described as a transit desert.
“This is the most transit dependent community in New York City. Seventy percent of residents use public transportation to get to work, compared to the citywide average of 55%,” Hochul said.
Infrastructure package signed by President Biden last week authorized $23 billion in new funding for transportation expansion projects, and this project will qualify.
The federal government still has to approve the plan. The often-criticized price tag is $6.3 billion, much more than phase one.
“You have to see how many people it serves. By racers standards, this is an extremely productive project,” said MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber.
Combined, phases one and two are estimated to serve 300,000 riders per day.
Project delays only add to the price tag. That’s why Hochul wants to expedite the process, with the MTA pledging the expansion will be completed six to eight years after construction begins.
Lawmakers are hoping to get federal government approval early next year.
https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/11/23/hochul-second-avenue-subway-expansion-east-harlem-federal-infrastructure/ Governor Hochul Says 2nd Avenue Subway Extension to East Harlem Will Get Green Light From Federal Infrastructure Act – CBS New York