The MTA Breaks Ground…Again
It’s happening again!
There’s yet another groundbreaking for the 2nd Ave. Subway line this Thursday when Gov. Eliot Spitzer and other dignitaries from state and local government will head down into a section of the tunnels for the line and ceremoniously pickaxe at some concrete.
It’s amazing to me that this subway line has such an on-again, off-again life. It seems like a no-brainer to create another subway for the seriously-deprived east side of the city. With only the green 4,5,6 trains essentially running the north/south line around Lexington Ave and getting nowhere near neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, this kind of train service will definitely be a boost to people attempting to travel along Manhattan’s “other coast.”
I lived on the Upper East Side for a year. I had a near 20 minute walk to a station for the 6 train and then had to endure a couple of transfers to get anywhere near Times Square. I know the line has its share of detractors but it seems to me that it’ll be more a positive than a negative in any case. It’s also nice to see the MTA put some of our money to use for things other than pushing the Giuliani/Bloomberg 7 train extension to make a case for a west side stadium, isn’t it?