Groundbreaking for the Second Avenue Subway Extension Draws Closer

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials have begun preparing to formerly solicit contract bids for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway project that will expand service to 125th Street in Harlem. Thanks to New York State’s bailout of the authority’s operating budget, and the greenlight given by the federal government for congestion pricing—a key funding mechanism, the MTA is close to securing federal funding through capital grants for the $6.9 billion, 1.5-mile expansion project. In addition to linking the subway line’s 96th Street station on the Upper East Side to three new stations at East 106th, 116th, and 125th Streets, it will create a connection point to the Metro-North Railroad for New York City’s suburban commuters. Once breaking ground, the extension which the MTA estimates will service an additional 100,000 riders is expected to take up to 8 years to complete construction.