The Second Avenue Subway Is Already Screwed


Village Voice

Cutting the 72nd Street station from three tracks to two means that future New Yorkers will have to live with crappier service for all time

See that third center track that will allow Q trains to stay out of the way of through service once it begins on the Second Avenue line? That’s right, you don’t.

The Second Avenue Subway may not be finished in our lifetime, but even if it is, it will be stuck with reduced capacity. Thanks to a crucial decision made by the MTA back in the project’s first phase of construction, according to a newly published Regional Plan Association report, the new line will never carry as many passengers as it might have unless the MTA spends billions of dollars to fix a key problem.

The report, which concludes a two-year investigation into the MTA’s capital project overruns, notes that the MTA decided…

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