East Side Manhattanites are in for an incredible belated holiday gift - the opening of the long-awaited Second Avenue subway line. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that the infamously delayed subway line will finally be opening to the public on January 1st, 2017 after nearly a century of planning and construction - if all goes according to plan.
Cuomo gave the New York Daily News a tour of the Second Ave. subway line’s new 86th St. station yesterday.
While the Governor’s promise is music to many a Manhattanite’s ears, the line’s history of setbacks, false starts and delays have others feeling skeptical about the New Year’s Day opening date, which Cuomo admitted was a “leap of faith”.
The line was initially proposed all the way back in 1919, with construction on the project finally commencing over half a century later in 1972. After that, a series of financial issues obstructed the project’s progress once again.
“As you can see, it’s not all buttoned up,” he told the Daily News. “Obviously something unforeseen could always happen. But we’re saying that’s going to open on Jan 1.”
The opening of the new subway line will see the Q train extended from 63rd St. to 96th St, opening up transportation options on the East Side. A second phase of the project, which is set to begin soon, will continue the Q even further up north to 125th St.
Via NY Daily News
Renderings and photos: MTA