The Second Avenue line of the New York subway is finally going to start its operation today at 10:00 pm (0300 GMT, Sunday) through a launch party. The general public will be able to start using the new line from Sunday noon from any of the three newly constructed stations. The people of New York had to wait for almost a century to see the Second Avenue line finally coming into reality as the project that was proposed in the 1920s was started and stopped three times over the years due to funding crisis. The work for the line finally began in April 2007 in full force and took nearly ten years to be completed.
Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor along with the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Thomas Prendergast will be presiding over the first phase that will cover two-mile (3.2 kilometers) stretching along the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Cuomo, a possible presidential candidate for the Democrats have who was elected to become the Governor for his second term played an important role to speed up the work which helped the project to come into life.
The new line is expected to cover 8.5 miles (13.7 kilometers) connecting the Harlem district of uptown to the Wall Street if the current plan is successfully implemented. Although the new service is not extensive in comparison with the whole subway system, it does bring some hope for the East Side residents who are considered to be little isolated.
Cuomo has vowed to take initiatives to undertake large construction projects which include replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River and renovation works of the LaGuardia Airport. The opening of the new subway extension coincides with the incoming Trump Administration. President-elect Donald Trump has also pledged to take up new construction projects using tax credits.
The first phase of the Second Avenue Subway line project cost $4.5 billion which used improved architectural features including high ceilings of the stations and wider platforms that doesn’t use support columns. This is considered to be the second major extension of the New York Subway system in a long time which started in 1904. Last year MTA launched a $2.4 billion worth one-mile long extension of the 7 line from Times Square, its previous terminus connecting Hudson Yards, the Far West Side of New York that has been neglected for many years.