NEW YORK | Second Avenue Subway

It depends. There’s a $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure bill ready for the Senate to do something, but as long as Mitch McConnell, whose wife ironically is the Secretary of Transportation, and the Republicans are in charge there will be no action on it. They don’t even want to send federal aid (what they called a “Blue State Bailout”) to NY due to Covid19. You can expect Kentucky to continue to get an outsize portion of federal money for its projects though.

The chairman of the House infrastructure committee has made funding the Second Ave. subway a priority. For their part, the White House has rejected the House bill because it “favored urban areas.”

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But Congress rarely helps NY. There’s a general antipathy to NY in America generally, and it’s paralleled in Congress.

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Governor Hochul and MTA Leadership Tour Second Avenue Subway Tunnel by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr

Governor Hochul and MTA Leadership Tour Second Avenue Subway Tunnel by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr

Governor Hochul and MTA Leadership Tour Second Avenue Subway Tunnel by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr

Governor Hochul and MTA Leadership Tour Second Avenue Subway Tunnel by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr

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Hard to tell from these photos but it looks like this has three track bays?

I imagine they will only use two however.

Someone wants to get re-elected. Keep pushing these transit projects along. It’s also refreshing to not have a mayor and governor bickering at each other anymore.

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It feels like in-fighting has delayed so many meaningful projects over the years. Maybe a governor/mayor team can expedite sensible urban planning.

All Hail the Age of Ramses!!!

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