The Second Avenue Subway, an 8.5-mile-long route from 125th Street in Manhattan to Lower Manhattan, will reduce overcrowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue Line while improving access to transit for residents of the far East Side. The project will be completed in four phases, with Phase I providing transit service from East 96th Street to East 63rd Street, as an extension of the Q line. More than 190,000 daily riders are expected to use Phase I of the line.
The project involves tunneling; trackwork; construction of stations; vehicle procurement; and installation of signal, electrical, and other systems. Urban provided feedback during development of the scope, budget, and schedule for the project. We also offered guidance on management, construction, and quality assurance practices. Further, we now monitor project progress.
By providing timely feedback to the FTA, we have helped move this project — which has been on and off the drawing board since the 1920s — into construction. Our input led to the negotiation of a $4.45 billion FFGA and authorization for MTA to progress through preliminary design, final design, and construction.