New York City’s public transit system is among the most extensive in the world— and it is still getting bigger. A handful of major projects are in the works, from the Second Avenue Subway to a new Fulton Center.
Subway line from 125th Street to the Financial District
Estimated cost: $4.45 billion
Deadlines: Phase 1 scheduled for completion on December 2016Aimed at reducing the heavily overcrowded Lexington Avenue line, the project will have four phases. Phase 1 will include new tunnels between 96th and 63rd Streets, with handicapped-accessible stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets. Connecting to the existing 63rd Street station as an extension of the Q train, the first phase is expected to serve about 200,000 riders when completed, and could reduce ridership on the Lexington line by 23,500 people on an average weekday.
Connection of the Long Island Rail Road to new terminal in Grand Central
Estimated cost: $8.24 billion
Deadline: August 2019The largest transportation project in the country and the first LIRR expansion in over a century, East Side Access will allow Long Island commuters to arrive directly at Grand Central Terminal. This could save up to 40 minutes for some commuters and free up space on trains heading to Penn Station. The project will connect the LIRR’s Main Street and Port Washington branch through new tunnels in Queens and Manhattan to a new eight-track terminal at Grand Central.
Extension of the subway line from Time Square to the Javits Center
Estimated cost: $2.4 billion
Deadline: June 2014The project, which the city is paying for, is 1.5 miles long and will include a new station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue. Another station at 10th Avenue and 41st Street was dropped from the plans. The extension of the Flushing line has generated a flood of investment in the Far West Side, which the Bloomberg administration has touted.
A new station linking eight subway lines (A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5) with an underground concourse connecting to the E, R and 1 lines
Estimated cost: $1.4 billion
Deadline: June 2014The revamped and recon¬figured Lower Manhattan transit hub is projected to serve 300,000 customers a day and provide easier access between nearly a dozen different subway trains. The project, which also includes a restoration of the 1888 Corbin Building, will also eventually connect to the PATH train and the World Trade Center site.