Monday, December 19, 2016


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway will open to the public on Sunday, January 1st, 2017.

Here's a link to the full story:
"Gov. Cuomo promises Second Ave. subway will meet deadline, open on New Year's Day"
By Dan Rivoli, Edgar Sandoval, and Leonard Greene | Daily News | December 18, 2016

Here's a link to recent video report, with yet another tour led by Governor Cuomo, from Sunday evening.

"2nd Avenue Subway Service to Begin New Year's Day: Gov. Cuomo"
By Andrew Siff | WNBC New York | December 18, 2016

"Art Underground: A First Look at the Second Avenue Subway"
By Randy Kennedy | The New York Times | December 19, 2016

Note that this is a 360-degree video.

It's official — the MTA has confirmed that the line will open on January 1st.

"2nd Avenue Subway Will Open on New Year’s Day, M.T.A. Says"
By Emma Fitzsimmons | The New York Times | December 19, 2016

Second Avenue Subway to Open On-Time
Press Release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority | December 19, 2016

Revenue service will begin at noon on January 1, when the first uptown Q train to Second Avenue departs from the 57-7 Av station. Trains will run every six minutes during peak hours and will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the rest of the first week. Overnight service will begin on Monday, January 9.

MTA Press Release: Governor Cuomo Presents Largest Permanent Public Art Installation in New York History Ahead of Second Avenue Subway Opening
Press Release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority | December 19, 2016

Images: Second Avenue Subway Artwork
MTA via Flickr | December 19, 2016

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

"A History of Waiting for the Second Avenue Subway"
By Christopher Bonanos | New York Magazine | 12/16/16

"24-Story Senior Living High Rise Slated for Second Avenue in 2019"
By Shaye Weaver | DNAinfo | 12/15/16

"Second Avenue Subway Won't Open Until 'All Stations' Are Finished: MTA"
By Danielle Tcholakian | DNAinfo | 12/14/16