Second Ave Subway (SAS) was originally proposed in 1929. It would be the second of the rapid transit lines, with the sole provider currently being offered in the Upper East side (IRT/Lexington Line). The Second Ave subway line is set to reestablish tracks that have been removed in the 1940’s, with one being demolished, and the other abandoned. It has been noted that, with these lines being removed, the four track IRT/Lexington rapid transit line has become the most frequented subway line in the country, seeing more ridership than San Francisco’s and Boston’s lines combined.

This track is of legend status, quoted by Gene Russianoff, chief spokesman of NYPIRG, to be “… the most famous thing that’s never been built in New York City.” The projected cost is approximately $98,900,000, not including land aquisition. The project has been halted numerous times due to Wars.

The SAS plans for transitions into Brooklyn by 149th street, but mainly focuses on connecting the financial district to the Bronx. In the 1970’s a completion of subway line began connecting as far down as 34th street to the Bronx, but I am under the assumption that the type of subway line did not have rapid transit status and may run less frequently. Also completed during this time was the 103rd street stop at 2nd ave. These new constructions remain in “pristine” condition.

Phase II, the most current phase plans for the system, is set to span from 96th to 125th street. The latest proposal is for a two track line from 125th street to Lexington Ave in Harlem. The creation of new subway lines will cut the commuting costs for many, and increase the probability of consumption through newly chartered subway platforms. Also, this would lead one to speculate an entire recalculation of the real estate located off the tracks, a number not offered in the budget of the subway system.

The cut cost of time spent commuting may influence change in the lifestyles of many center city workers. This could potentially impact the economics of the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area, re-vamping the idea of suburbanization and access to public transportation.

-Colleen Jolly

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