2nd Avenue subway extension into East Harlem paused

The plan included extending the Q line into East Harlem and connecting it with other subway lines and Metro-North.

Edric Robinson

Jun 19, 2024, 4:58 PM

Updated 26 days ago

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The extension of the Q line from 96th Street to 125th Street in East Harlem has been put on hold.
This comes after the indefinite delay of New York City's congestion pricing plan, which was supposed to help fund the project. With this delay, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority now has to focus on priority projects.
Jamie Torres-Springer, MTA's president of construction and development, confirmed the halt.
“We have stopped work on the Second Avenue subway,” Torres-Springer said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Torres-Springer explained that they have issued work stop orders for a couple of projects, including the Second Avenue subway extension.
“We're still working very hard to figure out the implications and how we respond to the impact on the current capital program,” Torres-Springer added. “There are a lot of projects that we will not be able to build, and we will be focusing on the state of good repair.”
In 2023, $3.4 billion in federal funding was announced for the Second Avenue subway project. The plan included extending the Q line into East Harlem and connecting it with other subway lines and Metro-North. The extension would add three new stations at 106th, 116th, and 125th streets. However, this federal money only covers half the cost. Without the congestion pricing funds, the project is at risk.
Gov. Kathy Hochul has promised to find a way to fund the project. For now, East Harlem will have to wait and see if the subway extension will become a reality.


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