Sunday, January 29, 2017

Second Avenue Subway (A Century In The Making) & New Year, New Routes, New Routines (January 2017 Post)

UPPER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK CITY-After a century of recession, financial crisis, constant wars, and the Great Depression, the Independent (IND) Second Avenue Subway has been brought to life on Sunday, January 1st, 2017. Workers, residents, and anyone who travels and/or works on the Upper East Side will now have the choice of using the M15 +SBS, the brand new Second Avenue Subway, or the 100+ year old Lexington Avenue Subway Line. The IRT Lexington Avenue Subway Line, which is the only subway line on the East Side of Manhattan, is the most congested subway line until New Year's Day 2017. Congestion on the IRT East Side Line should ease up between 59th and 96th Streets, by 40%, when the Upper East Side riders utilizes the brand new Second Avenue Subway (Q) and selected rush-hour (N) Trains. Riders for the new subway line will come from the M15 route and/or the IRT Lexington Avenue Subway Line. The Upper East Side once had the Second and Third Avenue Elevated Lines, until both lines were demolished in 1942 and 1977, respectively. 

The initiation of the IND Second Avenue Subway brought the (W) Local and weekday/evening (N) Broadway Express. The state finally broke ground on the first phase of the line in April 2007, although construction work had been undertaken in previous decades in Chinatown and East Harlem. MTA officials say that once it is complete, the Second Avenue subway will allow residents and commuters easier access to mass transit on the city’s East Side. Last month, this subway line was still in construction. The subway line, the first major expansion of the system in more than 50 years, will span 8.5 miles from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in lower Manhattan. Station tours will be available on the newly 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets. Expansion to the 63rd Street-Lexington Avenue station and rush hour (N) and (Q) Action along the new line. It opened to the public on Jan. 1, 2017, one day after the New Years Eve inaugural ride. Phase I costs about $86M. The second phase, between 125th and 96th Streets, was allocated $525 million in the MTA's 2015–2019 Capital Plan for planning, design, environmental studies, and utility relocation. Construction wont begin until 2018-2019. Phase II will begin in 2027-2029. I was at both the inaugural ride and the opening day at 96th Street. During this month, we also experienced a revised M5 and new M55 bus routes. More awesome stories and events will continue in my next post. 

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New Year 2017.

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