FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2010
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, NADLER, MALONEY ANNOUNCE NEARLY $275 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO NYC FOR LIRR EAST SIDE ACCESS AND SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY PROJECTS
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Jerry Nadler, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced today that the United States Department of Transportation will allocate over $274 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) East Side Access Project and the Second Avenue Subway Project. The East Side Access Project will create a rail link from the Long Island Railroad via the 63rd Street Tunnel to Grand Central Station that will help tens of thousands of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens commuters save hours on their daily commutes. The Second Avenue Subway Project will help to ease congestion on the Lexington Avenue line, the most crowded subway line in the nation.
"This funding is a win-win for all New York straphangers," said Schumer. “Both East Side Access and the Second Avenue Subway will meet commuter needs that have existed for far too long here in New York. These funds will help Long Island and New York City improve transportation options and spur economic growth in the process”
"These federal dollars are vital to economic development of the East Side and growth of the communities along the LIRR," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "By building the sorely needed Second Avenue Subway we will not only reduce commuting times for thousands of New Yorkers, but we will create jobs for our City. The East Side Access Project will give Long Islanders see less crowded trains and a better route into the City. New York needs all the federal dollars we can get to help support the State's infrastructure and create jobs for our communities. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share."
“In a period of tremendous economic uncertainty, these major infrastructure projects are among the best tools at our disposal for getting New Yorkers back to work, creating economic development, and improving the efficiency of our region’s transportation network,” said Nadler. “The Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access are important and overdue New York infrastructure projects, and this $275 million will bring us an important step closer to their realization. I will continue to fight for more transit funds for these and other important initiatives.”
“New Yorkers are going to win twice with this announcement: this stimulus funding will create good jobs now and build transit improvements that New Yorkers can use for generations to come,” said Rep. Maloney. “Today is a great day for New York commuters—and it will be again on the first day of operation of these two projects, which will move more people than the entire transit systems of most other major American cities. I am thrilled that the Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access, which are the largest construction projects of their kind in the country and are located in my Congressional district, are getting a timely boost from the stimulus program—just as the stimulus was intended to do.”
The Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Project has been awarded $195.4 million. The project is a rail link from the Long Island Railroad via the 63rd Street Tunnel to Grand Central Station that will help tens of thousands of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens commuters save hours on their daily commutes. The project will also free up much needed capacity in Penn Station, take thousands of cars off congested New York roads and help remove 800 tons of pollutants from the air.
In addition, East Side Access will significantly reduce the bottleneck on the City's subways and buses between Penn Station and Grand Central Station, particularly the 1,2,3,7,9, A, C, and E subway lines, as well as the shuttle trains between Grand Central and Time Square.
The Second Avenue Subway Project has been awarded $78.9 million. The project will ease congestion on the Lexington Avenue line, the most crowded subway line in the nation. The Second Avenue line is expected to generate 7.5 million new riders every year and take 340,000 current riders from the Lexington Avenue Line.
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