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Federal officials announced Nov. 4 that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has signed a $3.4 billion full funding grant agreement to support Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 extension project that will expand service in Harlem, New York.
The $7.7 billion project is the second of four planned phases to extend the Second Avenue Subway. The federal funding was awarded through the Capital Investment Grant program, FTA officials said in a press release.
The 1.8-mile subway extension project includes three new accessible stations, power substations, signal systems, track infrastructure and communication systems. It will connect the northern end of the subway line — Phase 1 reached 96th Street — to the existing Lexington Avenue Line at 125th Street.
Once completed, the new line "will improve mobility by providing much-needed transit access in Manhattan to East Side residents, workers and visitors and reduce crowding on the Lexington Avenue Subway Line, which is more than 100 years old,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.
The subway extension will take place within the East Harlem neighborhood, one of the most densely developed urban areas in the United States and will serve approximately 118,000 residents and 50,000 employees who commute to work in the area.