expansion Timeline

Decades

1960s

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
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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
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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
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2000s

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
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