Federal stimulus payments to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) are paying off in terms of the chance for the completion of the Second Avenue Subway project in East Harlem.
The global pandemic sent transit agencies into a financial tailspin last year, and almost scratched work on the project that would extend the Q line to 125th Street.
However, now that MTA’s budget has been rescued by more emergency federal funds the Second Avenue Subway project is back on, and it could get another boost if President Biden’s infrastructure bill is passed by Congress.
The MTA is moving forward with acquiring land for the work. More than a dozen privately owned properties need to be taken care of in East Harlem. Most of the buildings are largely vacant, and MTA is expected to take advantage of New York City’s eminent domain law, which gives governments the right to take properties if they are being redeveloped for public use.
The East Harlem extension will use a 10-block-long tunnel that was constructed back in the 1970s between 110th and 120th streets. The goal was to open the extension by 2027, but that date will be pushed back.