New York’s Second Avenue Subway will be delayed again by at least another year, it was announced this week.
A report by The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) states that the first segment of the line – the “T” train running between 63rd and 96th streets – will not be completed until December 2016.
The report left open the possibility that this date might be pushed back again to 2017 and admitted that the project could run more than $1bn over budget.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) figures released the next day admitted that the project could debut as late as June 2018 – much later than the most recent previous estimate of 2015.
The current incarnation of the plans was originally scheduled for completion in 2012.
Determined to deliver
MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu told board members at a committee meeting that MTA would meet the new 2016 completion date. “We will deliver,” he said. “You can hold me accountable to our numbers.”
He also said he expected that the FTA will agree with 2016 as a likely completion date when it publishes its own report on the project.
“You can hold me accountable to our numbers.”
Michael Horodniceanu, MTA
An FTA spokesman said the project’s risks and timeline are still being evaluated. It is not known when the review will conclude. The FTA is funding around a third of the project.
The Second Avenue Subway project was first conceived in the 1920s and there have been repeated efforts to get the project underway since then. It will be the first major expansion of the New York City subway system in over 50 years. When complete, the line will stretch 13.7km along Manhattan’s East Side, from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan.
Phase one of the project will feature new stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd Sts. It will connect with the existing subway network at 63rd St. and Lexington Avenue.