How the Second Avenue Subway Will Improve NYC

The Second Avenue subway being built in Manhattan is a large project causing temporary commotion, but it promises impressive long-term results. The number of people traveling through Manhattan’s East Side continually grows, and the volume of the area’s roads, highways and subway lines is strained. The new subway facility will alleviate some of the transit stress caused by the population density of the East Side.

Relief for the Overcrowded Lexington Line

One of the main benefits of the Second Avenue subway is that it will provide service to hundreds of thousands of passengers every day. It will reduce overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue express which is the most congested lines in the country. During peak travel periods, this subway has rider loads exceeding the guidelines stated by the New York City Transit Authority. Everyone is packed in like sardines. These numbers are expected to increase even more in the future.


LEXINGTON AVENUE LINE SUBWAY (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The addition of the Second Avenue line may decrease crowding on the Lexington Avenue system by close to 13 percent. These reduced numbers will result in an improved travel experience for suburban and city commuters as well as those visiting the area. Additionally, the new subway line will give residents of the Lower East Side a more convenient and closer mass transit option.

The overloads on the city’s existing subway lines have caused substantial delays and have lengthened trip times for passengers in the past. With the construction of the new Second Avenue system, commuters may experience significantly reduced travel times. This is a particularly relevant advantage for residents of the Upper or Lower East Side. 

Less Street Traffic

Another issue with the overcrowding within the present subway system is the congestion that builds on the streets of the city. Many city and suburb commuters have resorted to other modes of transportation in order to avoid the crowds, delays and headaches of the subway facilities. As a result, buses and cabs have become overloaded. This creates more congestion, delays and air quality issues for the entire region.

The activity of the current transit facilities is not the only issue that will be favorably affected by the addition of the Second Avenue line. Positive economic changes are expected as well. The construction of the subway is purported to lead to over 75,000 new jobs after the project is complete. Additionally, thousands of jobs will be created during the construction phase. Local neighborhoods that have suffered financially recently may be affected the most.

Second Avenue Subway construction

Second Avenue Subway construction (Photo credit: Ed Gaillard)

Economic Growth

Many proponents of the project believe that the Second Avenue subway may be the core of an economic growth pattern in the East Side area. A number of local businesses are currently struggling, and the new transit facility may provide hope. The subway line is expected to generate a considerable amount of new commercial development on the East Side. Although the construction project will be a lengthy one, the Second Avenue subway line may prove to be one of the most valuable additions to the East Side region.

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