Friday, December 9, 2016

The Final Push

Will it open on time, or not - that is the question of the day.

I ventured out last Wednesday to have a look at the work sites along Second Avenue and what I saw was not pretty.

What I expected to see was a set of new subway entrances and ancillary buildings that were finished. Instead what I saw was an army of construction workers, supervisors, inspectors, consultants, engineers, MTA officials, and others racing to complete a project that first broke ground back in 2007.

Reliable sources have told me that Governor Cuomo has been on site three times in the past few weeks and that he is pushing the MTA very hard to get the line open by the end of 2016. Sources tell me that many contractors now have people working 24/7 -  three shifts, seven days a week.

Other reliable sources tell me that the line will open, in some form, on Friday, December 30th, 2016. What this exactly means is not clear but it would seem that if there is a will (of the Governor) there must be a way. Right?

We should know for sure next week, when the MTA Board of Directors holds their last meetings before the end of the year.


A note about the posting that follows: you can click any of the station signs to view a map that shows the location of each new entrance along the new subway line.









12/7/2016
Upper level - looking east

This is an image of the upper level of the existing Lexington Av/63rd St station. The train arriving is a Manhattan-bound F train. On the opposite side of the platform is the track that leads to the new tunnel under Second Avenue.



12/7/2016
Upper level - looking east

A view of one of the new stairways that connect the upper and lower levels of this station.



12/7/2016
Lower level - looking east

F Line trains use the tracks on the right and Q Line trains will use the tracks on the left.


Further information on the reconstruction of this station can be found in this earlier report:
"Behind the Blue Wall" | The Launch Box | October 21, 2012


Now lets go up to street level to have a look at the new entrances that will provide access to the east end of the Lexington Av/63rd St platform.


12/7/2016
63rd Street & 3rd Avenue

A view of the new elevator entrance on the NW corner and the new entrance on the SW corner.



12/7/2016
63rd Street & 3rd Avenue

A view of the new entrance on the NE corner.



12/7/2016
63rd Street & 3rd Avenue

A view of the new entrance on the SE corner.





The images that follow show on-going work at the street level entrances to the new 72nd Street Station on Second Avenue. As the images show, there is still a considerable amount of work that still needs to be accomplished before these entrances can be opened to the public.



12/7/2016
69th St - looking south

A view of one of the two entrances been constructed in a bump-out on Second Avenue near the NE corner of this intersection. Iif I'm not mistaken, the original plan was to construct this entrances inside the building at this corner but for many reasons this plan was changed.



12/7/2016
btw. 69th & 70th streets - looking south

Another view of the new entrances on this location.



12/7/2016
72nd St - looking east

A view of the new elevator entrance on the SE corner of this intersection. The entrance consists of a bank of five elevators.



12/7/2016
72nd St - looking east

The image shows a flock of birds flying above the new elevator entrance at this location. The birds are not actually real - they are part of the artwork that has been installed at this entrance.



12/7/2016
72n St - looking east

A man waiting for an elevator or a work or art? You be the judge.



12/7/2016
72nd St - looking NW

A view of the massive 8-story tall ancillary building that has been constructed at the NW corner of this intersection. This structure also includes a new entrance to the station.



12/7/2016
2nd Av, just north of 72nd St - looking west

Works dealing with more than a few issues at this location.







12/7/2016
83rd St - looking south

A view of the new entrance to the 86th Street station at this location.



12/7/2016
Just south of 86th St - looking north

The worker in this image is measuring the sound level at this location. The worker is collecting data to verify that the sound that being produced by the nearby jackhammer work is not louder than what is permitted.



12/7/2016
Just north of 86th St - looking south

Ongoing work at 86th street. The building on the right is an ancillary structure for the new subway line. The new entrances at this location are on 86th Street on the east side of Second Avenue.







12/7/2016
Just south of 94th St - looking west

A view of the new entrance on the SW corner of 94th and Second Ave.



12/7/2016
just north of 94th St - looking south

A view of a new entrance on the NE corner of 94th and Second Avenue



12/7/2016
96th St, NE corner - looking SE

A view of the new entrance on the SW corner of 96th and Second Avenue - which includes both an escaltor entrance and an elevator entrance.



12/7/2016
95th St - looking north

A very active work site at this location.



12/7/2016
97th St, NE corner - looking SW

The ancillary building for the 96th Street station.




Interested in whats next for the Second Avenue Subway? Then get yourself over to the official Second Avenue Subway Community information Center at 1628 Second Avenue, btw. 64th and 85th streets. The staff there can answer most any question that you might have about Phase I or Phase II of the project

Note that this office will most likley be moving to East Harlem at some stage in 2017 as Phase II of the project kicks in to high gear.

Further details on the scanned images below.










Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

"MTA Under Pressure to Open Second Avenue Subway"
The Wall Street Journal | December 5, 2016

"Second Avenue subway’s launch date may change, MTA warns"
amNY | November 16, 2016

" ‘Unprecedented’ Work Required to Open 2nd Avenue Subway by Year’s End, Officials Say"
The New York Times | November 14, 2016

"Changing Grid: Second Avenue Subway and Its Impact on Rental Costs"
StreetEasy Blog | November 9, 2016

"All aboard the Second Avenue Subway real estate boom"
The New York Post | November 2, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Take a Ride Under Second Avenue


"Second Avenue Subway Test Train" (10:20)
10/27/2016 | via YouTube (no sound)

A very nice high-definition video of the forward view from a front window of an operating subway train under Second Avenue.

The train in the video starts on one of the tail tracks north of the new 96th Street station.

The train then proceeds into the nearly complete 96th street and comes to a stop at the south end of the platform.

The train then slowly departs the station and crosses over to the other track.

The train proceeds to the 86th Street station and comes to a stop at the south end of the platform.

The train then proceeds south, at a good rate of speed, to the 72nd Street station where it again comes to a stop at the south end of the platform.

The train then departs the 72nd Street station,

If you pause the video at 6:52 you will see a flat wall on the left side of the track. The current plan for Phase 3 of the Second Avenue Subway Project calls for the construction of a tunnel on the other side of this wall. After the new tunnel is built a turnout will be constructed at this location. This turnout will allow future T Line trains to continue south, under Second Avenue.

The train follows the track that curves to the west and then passes through the upper level of the north side of the existing 63rd Street/Lexington Av station.

The train then proceeds through a section of the tunnel that connects the newly constructed line to the existing 57 St station. (unfortunately this part of the video is somewhat out of focus.)


It is not clear at the moment who recorded this unofficial video — but it wasn't me!



Here's a listing of the recent additions
to the right-hand column of The Launch Box:

"2 Stations on New 2nd Ave Line May Not Be Ready by December"
By Emma Fitzsimmons | The New York Times | 10/26/16

"After Almost a Century, Second Avenue Subway Is Oh-So-Close to Arriving"
By Emma Fitzsimmons | The New York Times } 10/24/16

"MTA Reassesses Timeline for 2nd Ave Subway Station"
By Andrew Siff and Rana Novini | NBC New York | 9/26/16



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Test Trains Running under Second Avenue


"Second Avenue Subway Test Train Action"
By Dj Hammers | October 9, 2016 | via YouTube

Video of test trains running on the Q Line track - on the north side of the Lexington Ave/63rd St station.

Note the signage in the station which reads "Lex 63". One has to wonder if the MTA intends to rename this station once the Q Line service to 96th Street opens.

Further reading:
"MTA finally starts testing trains on the Second Avenue Subway"
By Danielle Furfaro | New York Post | October 10, 2016