Second Avenue Subway Opens

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have announced the details for the start of the Second Avenue Subway’s first regular service train New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2017.

  • The Second Avenue Subway will begin operation at noon, Jan. 1, with stations opening at 11:45 a.m. Service will run from 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street, and 63rd Street.
  • From Jan. 2 until Jan. 8 service on the Second Avenue Subway will begin at 6 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. Then, starting on Jan. 9, service will operate around-the-clock.

Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway includes three new stations at 96th Street, 86th Street and 72nd Street, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63rd Street Station at 63rd Street and Third Avenue. It will provide service from 96th Street to 63rd Street and will serve more than 200,000 people per day, reducing overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue Line and restoring a transit link to a neighborhood that lost the Second Avenue Elevated in 1940. The existing Q Subway-line will continue through 63rd Street all the way to Coney Island.

Revenue service will begin at noon on January 1, when the first uptown Q Subway train to Second Avenue departs from the 57th-7th Avenue 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.

Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway will decrease crowding on the adjacent Lexington Avenue Line by as much as 13 percent, or 23,500 fewer riders on an average weekday. It will also reduce travel times by up to 10 minutes or more for those on the far east side or those traveling from the east side to west midtown. Further phases of the project will extend the line to Hanover Square in the Financial District. The new stations will provide transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines.

“New Year’s Day marks a great New York moment and a significant milestone with the debut of the Second Avenue Subway,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “What was once thought to be the impossible, the on-time completion of this transformative project will increase the capacity of the nation’s busiest subway system and positively impact the lives of millions of New Yorkers now and for years to come.”

“Ringing in 2017 with the start of service demonstrates that the MTA is living up to its promise to deliver the Second Avenue Subway on-time,” MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast said. “We are making improvements across our system to better serve riders and we are especially proud to introduce a new line for the first time in more than 50 years.”