expansion Timeline



January 1, 1094 - Mayor McClellan takes first subway ride

  • People
    • Mayor McClellan
    • Contractor John B. McDonald
    • Frederick Underwood, President of Erie Railroad
    • Chief Engineer William Barclay Parsons
  • Most stations not quite complete yet
  • The Lenox Avenue line had also been built already
    • Left via express tracks dropping below and east of local tracks north of 96th St
  • Source: "On Handcars Through Six Miles of Subway," The New York Times, January 2, 1904. link
  • Tags: expansion irt mcclellan


March 19, 1913 - Dual Contracts signed

  • People
    • Theodore Shonts, President of IRT
    • George McAneny, Manhattan Borough President
  • New York Municipal Railway was subsidiary of Brooklyn Rapid Transit (later BMT)
  • Source: "Subway Contracts Solemnly Signed," The New York Times, March 20, 1913. link
  • Tags: bmt dual-contracts expansion irt mcaneny

June 3, 1917 - Seventh Avenue Subway spur to 34th St opens

  • Pennsylvania Terminal was expected to be a local station
  • "When complete the road will convey a passenger without change from Van Cortland Park to New Lots, on Long Island."
  • New track said to be smoother than old track and had a raised footpath built alongside the track, in case of emergency
  • IRT officials opened 8-block spur to handle daily traffic to Pennsylvania Station
  • Source: "Open Subway Spur to 34th Street," The New York Times, June 4, 1917. link
  • Tags: expansion irt


1964 - 63rd St Tunnel Location Debated

  • CBC thought tunnel on 61st St would lead to better East Side IRT and future line connections
  • Source: "Proposed Subway Tube Assailed As 'Nowhere-to-Nowhere' Lin," The New York Times, December 16, 1964. link
  • Tags: expansion mta

September 21, 1968 - Board of Estimate approves Second Avenue Subway and 11 other new routes

  • Program cost of $1.26bil was to be split
    • $600mil from state from bond issue ($2.5bil approved by voters in November 1967)
    • $500mil from city, "borrowed through its capital-budget allocations"
    • rest from federal
  • Changed SAS plan from four track to two tracks
  • Source: "City Approves 2d Ave. Subway And 11 Other New Transit Line," The New York Times, September 21, 1968. link
  • Tags: expansion mta second-avenue

August 1969 - Regional Transportation Program

  • Highlights expansions and improvements as part of Mayor John Lindsay's "Program for Action"
  • Source: "Regional Transportation Program," Metropolitan Transportation Authority, August 1969. link
  • Tags: expansion mta program-for-action reports


December 16, 2001 - 63rd St Tunnel Connection Opens

  • Start of V service was delayed by 9/11
  • V to run between Forest Hills-71 St and Second Avenue on the Lower East Side
  • Expected to increase service on Queens Boulevard by up to 20%
  • Uses $645mil tunnel connecting Queens Boulevard lines to 63 St Tunnel
  • Source: "New Subway Line To Start," The New York Times, November 28, 2001. link
  • Tags: expansion mta

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