• In Transition: Second Avenue Line

    The Second Avenue line (blue) will run from 125th St. to Hanover Sq. when fully completed. (Source: MTA)

    The Second Avenue line (blue) will run from 125th St. to Hanover Sq. when fully completed. (Source: MTA)

    By Haley Reed, Taylor Nakagawa and Berkeley Lovelace, Jr. for the Associated Press

    For years, subway passengers on Manhattan’s East Side have grumbled about crowded trains and platforms. The green line along Lexington Avenue, the only route east of Central Park and the country’s busiest subway line with its 1.3 million riders a year, has long been a tough ride, rife with pushy New Yorkers and their stiff elbows. Rush hour has been especially bad.

    But efforts are under way to ease this crowding as the Metropolitan Transit Authority spends more than $17 billion to develop a new line along Second Avenue. As New York’s first major expansion of the subway system in more than 50 years, according to the MTA, the line will stretch 8.5 miles, from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in the Financial District.

    The first of four phases will be completed in December of this year and will provide service from 96th Street to 63rd Street as an extension of the Q train. The entire line, with 16 new stations, is expected to be finished by 2029.

    Go underground for a virtual reality look at the development of the Second Avenue Subway on the Associated Press website.

    ----------Posted on February 22, 2016 by in Student Work

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