Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday pledged to get the subsequent section of the Second Avenue Subway underway in 2022 — calling on the Biden administration to approve the MTA’s utility for federal funding after a years-long delay state officers pin on the administration of former President Donald Trump.
“We are ready to go,” Hochul advised reporters after a short tour with Acting MTA Chairman Janno Lieber of a half-century-old tunnel that has sat unused because the MTA deserted its first try on the undertaking in the mid-Nineteen Seventies.
“We still need to get the approvals,” she mentioned. “Our application’s in. We’re ready. If we get the approval in 2022, we’re ready to start.”
Democrats in Washington together with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have promised to fund the undertaking utilizing cash from the current bipartisan infrastructure package deal. But the Biden administration has not accredited the MTA’s grant utility, which has been in limbo since its submission in 2018.
Disgrace ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo christened the Q prepare expansion up to 96th Street in 2017 after 10 years of building. The undertaking was the costliest subway ever at a value of $4.45 billion for 1.8 miles of tunnel. The subsequent $6.29 billion section will add stops at 106th Street, 116th Street and one hundred and twenty fifth Street by using 16 blocks of exiting tunnels constructed in the earlier century.
Hochul mentioned the primary three new stops served 200,000 riders pre-COVID and juiced the native economic system on the Upper East Side, and that the subsequent section would create an analogous boon for East Harlem. Official predict the subsequent section will serve 123,000 each day riders.
“This is the most transit-dependent community in the city of New York,” she mentioned. “The goal is to make sure all Harlemites have what we call access and transportation equity.”
Trump repeatedly voiced his assist for the second section effort, however his administration declined to give it the go-ahead. MTA officers haven’t set a timeline for transferring ahead. Hochul mentioned the price rises with every day the feds fail to approve the funding.
“They know this is an urgent priority of ours,” Hochul mentioned of the Biden administration. “Lost time means more money. If this had started in 2019, if the Trump administration had not delayed it, if the money had been there… it would’ve cost less.”
Testifying earlier than state Assembly members earlier Tuesday, Lieber mentioned the MTA had fallen delayed on its $55 billion capital program however was working to rise up to velocity.
He mentioned the transportation authority hopes to have all $55 billion price of contracts awarded by the top of 2024.