Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Finally, a 2nd Ave. Subway"



Living City | Finally a 2nd Ave. Subway (6:35)
Video by Melanie Burford and Greg Moyer
The New York Times
10/2/14

This interesting video, which is part of a 6-part series that NYTimes.com launched last month called "Living City", was posted on the New York Times web site this afternoon.

Produced by Melanie Burford and Greg Moyer of Blue Chalk for The New York Times, each episode looks at various parts of New York City infrastructure by asking simple questions about big engineering systems using graphics, animation, interviews and knowledgeable guides.

The video, which was put together by a credited production staff of fourteen people is, as one would expect, very professional.

The accompanying 1,500 word article can be found on this link:

"Promise of New Subways Has West Siders Excited and East Siders Skeptical"
By Tatiana Schlossberg
The New York Times
10/2/14

And here are the link to the previous episodes from this series:

Living City | Where Does Our Trash Go? (7:47)
The New York Times via YouTube
9/25/14

Living City | A Tale of Two Bridges (7:09)
The New York Times via YouTube
9/18/14



Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

MTA Wants 2nd Ave Subway Downpayment, But Can’t Tell Us How Much It’ll Cost
By Stephen Smith
New York YIMBY
9/26/14

SAS Quarterly Report - 2Q2014
MTA Capital Construction

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MTA wants $1.535 Billion to start SAS Phase 2


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority today published its proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program, which included a request for $1.535 billion to start construction of Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway.

The only construction that will be funded, if approved, would be the necessary tunnels from 105th Street to 125th Street.

The construction of the new stations would, in all likelihood, be funded as part of the MTA's 2020-2024 Capital Program.


Proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
9/24/14

Quoting from the MTA text,
The proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program includes tunneling from the Phase 1 terminus north of 96th St. and Second Avenue to 125th St. and 5th Avenue.
All elements of project management, design, construction management, insurance, and real estate necessary to support construction are also funded. The balance of the work necessary for operation will be funded in future capital programs
In its entirety, SAS Phase 2 will complete the full project’s East Harlem segment. Its alignment will run under Second Avenue to 120th St., then will turn west along 125th St., crossing Lexington Avenue and ending at 5th Avenue to accommodate storage tracks.
SAS Phase 2 will utilize a tunnel section built in the 1970s from 110th St. to 120th St. and will be outfitted with tracks and other essential equipment. Three new stations will also be constructed at 125th St.,116th St., and 106th St.

If approved, the $1.535 Billion would be allocated according to the following proposed schedule:


Proposed 2015-2019 Capital Plan
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Page 212
9/24/14

Bottom line -- the start of revenue service for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway is probably at least ten years away.


Related links:

Second Avenue Subway Construction in the 1970s
The Launch Box
9/21/09

"NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To"
By Benjamin Kabak
The Atlantic CityLab - 7/17/14

MTA Capital Program 2015-2019
Board Briefing presentation
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
9/24/14

MTA Proposes 2015-2019 Capital Program
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Press Release
9/23/14



Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

MTA Second Avenue Subway Newsletters
Volume XXIX, September

Lex Av/63rd St Station Area

72nd St Station Area

86th St Station Area

96th St Station Area

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New MTA Images from Below


Here are a few recent images from the MTA's staff photographers.

The first set of images shows concrete being poured in the 96th Street station cavern.


Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin
96th Street Station - 9/3/14


Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin
96th Street Station - 9/3/14


Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin
96th Street Station - 9/3/14


The second set of images, which are a little out of date, show the 86th Street station cavern.


MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew
86th Street Station - 6/12/14


MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew
86th Street Station - 6/12/14


MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew
86th Street Station - 6/12/14


MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew
86th Street Station - 6/12/14


MTA Capital Construction / Rehema Trimiew
86th Street Station - 6/12/14


Additional images can be found on these links:

Second Avenue Subway Update - September 3, 2014
MTA Flickr Photostream
11 images

Second Avenue Subway: July 17, 2014
MTA Flickr Photostream
24 images




86th Street

This image, which was sent to me by a viewer, was taken from a window on the north side of the Yorkshire Towers apartment building.

The concrete structure being built here while house one of the escalators for the entrance number 2 for the 86th Street station.



Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

"FDNY rescues hardhat trapped in 2nd Ave. tunnel mishap"
By By Erin Calabrese, Shawn Cohen and Daniel Prendergast
New York Post - 8/20/14

"Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Second Avenue Subway Already Sending Real Estate Prices Soaring"
By Lauren Price
6sqft - 8/11/14

"Don't interrupt Second Ave. subway project"
By The Editorial Board
amNY - 8/10/14

"M.T.A. Chief Gives Preview of Proposed Five-Year Capital Plan"
By Matt Flegenheimer
The New York Times - 8/8/14

"MTA to propose allocating $1.5 billion toward Phase 2 of Second Ave. subway"
By Pete Donoghue
NY Daily News - 8/7/14

"NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To"
By Benjamin Kabak
The Atlantic CityLab - 7/17/14

"Second Ave. Subway Delays Cast Doubt on 2016 Completion, Consultant Says"
By Lindsay Armstrong
DNAinfo New York - 6/27/14

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MTA Second Avenue Subway Newsletter
Volume XXVIII, August 2014

Lex Av/63rd St Station Area

72nd St Station Area

86th St Station Area

96th St Station Area

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: SAS Phase 2 Moves Forward


Phase 2 of Second Avenue Subway Project to be
included in the MTA's 2015-2019 Capital Plan Request

Benjamin Kabak at 2nd Ave. Sagas first reported today that MTA Chairman Thomas Pendergast has now confirmed that Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway will be included in the MTA's upcoming 2015-2019 Capital Plan request.

Penergast's made the statement this morning during a meeting of the NY State Assembly Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions.

As originally proposed, Phase 2 of the project would extend the Q Line from 96th Street to 125th Street, with intermediate stations located at 106th and 116th streets.


Final Environmental Impact Statement (2004)
Proposed Phase 2
Figure 5

Phase 2 of the project would utilize existing tunnels between 99th and 105th streets, and 110th and 120th streets. These tunnels were originally built in an earlier attempt to build the line during the 1970s.

According the the 2004 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the "only" new tunnels required would extend from 120th Street and 2nd Avenue to the new 125th Street station and onward to Park Avenue (the extension under Second Avenue to Park Avenue would be used for train storage); as well as a stub tunnel north on Second Avenue to 128th Street, which would also be used for train storage.  Of course this is all subject to change when the EIS is updated.

These tunnels, and the new 125th Street station, could be particularly challenging to construct considering their proximity to the Lexington Avenue 125th Street subway station and the numerous historic structures along 125th Street.

Conceptional plans (shown below) for the 125th Street station were developed as part of the Environmental Impact Statement that was finalized in 2004.


Final Environmental Impact Statement (2004)
125th Street Station (as proposed)
Figure 8-2


Final Environmental Impact Statement (2004)
Conceptional Drawing of the 125th Street Station (as proposed)
Figure 2-7

As noted in the diagrams above, the new 125th Street station would include a pedestrian connection to the Lexington Avenue 4/5/6 subway line and Metro-North Railroad's Harlem-125th Street station.

Apparently $1.5 billion in funding will be requested from the state in the next capital plan with an unknown amount of additional funding to be requested from federal sources.

Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to open in December 2016.

See also:

"MTA to propose allocating $1.5 billion toward Phase 2 of Second Ave. subway"
By Pete Donohue
NY Daily News - 8/7/14

"MTA Wants to Keep Second Avenue Subway Momentum Going"
By Kate Hinds / Jorteh Senah
WNYC News - 8/7/14

"SAS Phase 2 leads capital plan as funding questions loom"
By Benjamin Kabak
2nd Ave. Sagas - 8/8/14

"M.T.A. Chief Gives Preview of Proposed Five-Year Capital Plan"
By Matt Flegenheimer
The New York Times - 8/8/14

"Don't interrupt Second Ave. subway project"
By The Editorial Board
amNY - 8/10/14