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File #: Res 0073-2004    Version: * Name: 2nd Ave subway line construction project as a major priority and provide full funding for its completion through TEA-21 legislation.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 2/4/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to establish the Second Avenue subway line construction project as a major priority and provide full funding for its completion through TEA-21 legislation.
Sponsors: Philip Reed, Gifford Miller, Charles Barron, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., James F. Gennaro, Allan W. Jennings, Jr., G. Oliver Koppell, John C. Liu, Margarita Lopez, Michael C. Nelson, Christine C. Quinn, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., James Sanders, Jr., David I. Weprin, David Yassky, Robert Jackson, Gale A. Brewer, Eva S. Moskowitz, Vincent J. Gentile, Alan J. Gerson, Miguel Martinez
Council Member Sponsors: 21

Res. No. 73

 

Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to establish the Second Avenue subway line construction project as a major priority and provide full funding for its completion through TEA-21 legislation.

 

 

By Council Members Reed, The Speaker (Council Member Miller) and Council Members Barron, Comrie, Gennaro, Jennings, Koppell, Liu, Lopez, Nelson, Quinn, Recchia, Sanders, Weprin, Yassky, Jackson, Brewer, Moskowitz, Gentile, Gerson and Martinez

 

                     Whereas, The East Side of Manhattan is drastically underserved by local public transportation; and

                     Whereas, The only subway line that directly serves the East Side of Manhattan is the Lexington Avenue line; and

                     Whereas, Many residents in East Side neighborhoods, from East Harlem to the Lower East Side, have more than a ten minute walk to the nearest subway station; and

Whereas, Trains on the Lexington Avenue line are routinely in excess of 100% capacity during rush hours and these overcrowding conditions are expected to worsen; and

Whereas, Station crowding during rush hours exceed New York City Transit guidelines for comfort and efficiency; and 

                     Whereas, Completion of the Long Island Rail Road connection between Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal will undeniably add thousands of new morning peak period passengers to the Lexington Avenue line at 42nd Street, with estimates ranging from 5,000 to 80,000 new daily riders, severely compromising an already overburdened system; and

Whereas, New and existing development of the entire length of the East Side of Manhattan requires added public transit capacity; and

                     Whereas, The redevelopment of Lower Manhattan is intrinsically connected to the Second Avenue subway line project; and

Whereas, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) has earmarked $1.05 billion in its 2000-2004 MTA Capital Program which is currently being used for the design and engineering of the Second Avenue subway line project; and

                     Whereas, The MTA has adopted an aggressive timetable, with initial construction of the Second Avenue subway line scheduled for 2004; and

                     Whereas, Federal TEA-21 legislation has been responsible for the successful upgrade of transportation infrastructures throughout the United States; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to establish the Second Avenue subway line construction project as a major priority and provide full funding for its completion through TEA-21 legislation.