Final chapter? MTA hopes infrastructure bill will finally complete Second Avenue subway extension

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The MTA will receive $10 billion in federal funding over the next five years.

So much has happened since the Second Avenue subway extension in New York City first received funding one could write a book.

The project itself, however, has not been a page-turner for decades.

Back in 1967 the Second Avenue subway extension received the green light after voters approved $2.5 billion in transportation improvements that also laid the foundation for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Tunnel construction between E. 110th Street and E. 120th Street began, but activity was put on hold during New York City’s financial crisis in the 1970s.

Officials are hoping the job will now be finished with President Biden signing the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Nov. 15. The Second Avenue subway still needs to be extended to E. 125th Street. Federal grants were applied for two years ago, but have not been authorized by the U.S. DOT. The MTA is expected to receive $10 billion over the next five years, and a portion should go towards the completion of the Second Avenue subway extension.

The $5.7 billion job would extend the Q line from the 96th Street and Second Avenue terminus to E. 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. From there, the line would connect to the Metro-North Railroad.

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