The Federal Transit Administration issued a ruling on the subway's extension to East Harlem giving the project a green light for funding.
By Brendan Krisel
EAST HARLEM, NY — Plans to extend the Second Avenue Subway line up to 125th Street in East Harlem cleared a major funding hurdle this week, local congressional representatives announced.
The Federal Transit Administration issued a "medium-high" rating for the project Thursday, which makes the project eligible for federal funding through a New Starts grant, Harlem Congressmember Adriano Espaillat announced. The lawmaker described the ruling as a "green light" for federal funds.
"I call on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to move this project into engineering and construction as soon as possible," Espaillat said in a statement. "The East Harlem community has waited too long to fill this transit desert."
The MTA has applied for $2 billion in federal funding — about a third of the project's total cost — to extend the Q line up Second Avenue with new stops at East 106th, 116th and 125th streets. The line's current northernmost stop is East 96th Street in the Upper East Side.