Next Stop On The Second Avenue Subway; 125 Million St….

While sitting on my couch wondering why I had not gone to sleep yet, I was reading today’s Daily News. In today’s issue, an article talks about the Second Avenue Subway. Yesterday the Senate passed the Transportation Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2008. The bill has $325 million dollars set aside for two major projects. The Second Avenue subway is set to receive $125 million with the remaining $200 million going to the East Side Access project. Here is the brief article courtesy of the NY Daily News:

The Second Ave. subway is a stop away from an infusion of federal money.

The long-awaited rail line got a boost yesterday when the Senate passed the Transportation Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2008, which earmarks $125 million for the project.

The bill also includes $200 million for the MTA’s so-called East Side Access project, which will bring Long Island Rail Road trains into Grand Central Terminal, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said.

The bill now goes to a conference committee, where the Senate and House must reach a compromise on funding for transportation projects across the nation.

“The Second Ave. subway line will provide desperately needed relief to the severely stressed Lexington line,” Schumer said.

After decades of delay, state and city officials finally broke ground on the $3.8 billion subway line in April. The first phase of the line will have stops on Second Ave. at 96th St., 86th St. and 72nd St., as well as at Lexington Ave. and 63rd St.

The line is scheduled to be completed in 2013, and officials expect it to carry about 200,000 riders a day.

The Second Ave. subway has been touted by officials since the 1920s. The April groundbreaking marked at least the fourth for the subway line.

“Now that the ground has been broken and the commitment is real for the Second Ave. subway, this kind of federal investment is critical to helping the city and state keep the project on track,” Clinton said yesterday.

Schumer called the East Side Access project, which will link the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal through the 63rd St. tunnel, “a necessity for Long Island and Queens commuters who spend needless hours every week on their daily commutes.”

As a rider of the 6, the Second Avenue Subway can not arrive fast enough!

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