Photos: The Second Avenue Subway, Under Construction

Friday, May 02, 2014 - 04:54 PM

The Second Avenue Subway (Kate Hinds/WNYC)

The first leg of the the Second Avenue Subway is on track to open in less than one thousand days. It's the first major extension of the city's subway system in over 50 years.

Phase I will bring the Q train from 63rd to 96th Streets. It's currently two-thirds of the way done, and is estimated to cost $4.4 billion. Later stages will stretch north to 125th Street and down to Hanover Square in lower Manhattan, when it will officially be known as the T train.

While it will look similar to the subway system, there are some differences. In the summer, the stations will be about 10 degrees cooler than the outside temperature, due to the construction of giant ventilation shafts. (Pedestrians on the sidewalk above might notice the absence of subway grates.) And it will also be quieter. Low-vibration tracks will eliminate the screeching sound heard on other lines. And parts of the station walls will be lined with sound-absorbing materials. As Michael Horodniceanu, the president of MTA Capital Construction, put it: "when you are in the station you're not going to be able to yodel."

The first phase of the line will run from 96th Street to 63rd Street and is slated to open to passengers in December of 2016.

(all photos by Kate Hinds/WNYC)





Comments [3]

Perry Green

Well, it's about time this line gets to go somewhere. I remember as an undergraduate Civil Engineering student at Columbia in 1976 we took a MOLES trip to visit the construction site of the 2nd Avenue Subway and we got to go down in the main shaft at 63rd Street. Just wish I could find those pictures.

May. 18 2014 04:58 PM
Michael Zullo from Mnahattan, Upper Eastside

Very good news report. So, maybe it'll be 31 months for the first phase of the line that will run from 96th Street to 63rd Street to open. Hopefully, the estimated time period is on track. It's been a long mess of construction for too many years. Then, finally the sidewalks between 96th and 63rd streets will be open for residents to shop at the businesses again without the construction, barricades and congested traffic on 2nd Avenue.

May. 07 2014 02:16 PM

As of now, the Second Avenue Subway is still nicknamed "The Subway train to nowhere".As I understand it, there is going to be a tunnel connection made between the Second Avenue Subway and the Lexington Avenue Subway at 125th Street.If that is done, it is said that the 125th Street Station will become practically a mob place as this train station is packed solid already with people transferring between the 4,5,and 6 subway lines. When the Second Avenue Subway was first thought of, the train route was supposed to go all the way up to CO-OP City in the Bronx. Now, thanks to cutbacks, the Second Avenue Subway will always be known as "The Subway Train to Nowhere".

May. 05 2014 11:43 AM

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