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The Second Avenue Subway Line is Not a Unicorn

Jun 09 2015

There is a literal light at the end of the tunnel for the elusive Second Avenue Subway line. In an announcement yesterday f, the much delayed and over-budget project could be completed in early 2017, 10 years after the project began and two months later than the MTA's December 2016 goal.

The new section of the Second Avenue subway line will start at the F train stop at 63rd and Lexington Avenue. It will serve the Q train line, which is being re-routed to no longer go through Queens.

NYC Second Avenue Subway Project2nd Avenue Subway Project c/o MTA

The first phase of the Second Avenue line is 82% complete and includes four new stations for the Q train between 63rd and 96th streets. This first phase is slated to be completed at the end of 2016.

Phase two involves extending the Q line between 96th street and 125th street.

The third and fourth phases of the project will be adding a home for the new T train line which will start at 72nd Street and split off and head south down to Houston. Whether these phases will come to fruition, is still a matter of money.

The project requires a 32 billion dollar capital budget but there is still a 15 billion dollar shortfall, which the MTA is hoping that the city will contribute to. But riders be aware, don't be surprised if the MTA hits fares again to close the gap.

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