MTA megaprojects: Major changes in the subway we'll see by 2030
Most MTA riders are familiar with the service work at their station (G riders are especially familiar with shutdowns this summer), but there are also five megaprojects under construction.
Take a look at the major projects that will change the way we ride the subway.
Second Avenue Subway
The Second Avenue Subway has had a long history. First proposed during the Great Depression, it's had its fits of starts before fading out. In fact, it even served as a punch line on "Mad Men." But parts of the project are now slated to be finished by December 2016, MTA officials say. The new Q train will run from 63rd Street to 96th Street--and MTA officials say the modern stations and tunnels will set it completely apart from the current ancient transit system. (Credit: Flickr / mtaphotos)
No. 7 line extension
The No. 7 line extension's future looks promising. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg took an "inaugural" ride on the line in December 2013 (pictured), and the completion date is scheduled for fall 2014. (Credit: Flickr / mtaphotos)
East Side Access
East Side commuters from Long Island could one day forgo the subway--if the East Side Access Project ever is completed. The East Side Access project aims to connect the Main and Port Washington lines to the Grand Central Terminal via a new LIRR tunnel. The project, however, has been filled with delays and woes over the years, including sinkholes in April 2014. The East Side Access, once slated to be finished in 2012, now has a 2023 completion date.
It's one of the age-old NYC questions: Does anyone really understand how Fulton Street station works? The redesigned Fulton Center, with a budget of $1.4 billion, was set to open on June 27, but less than a week ahead of the opening date, MTA officials said they needed more time to finish. The MTA bills the new station as a "downtown Grand Central," and promises there will be direct paths, wider corridors and new mezzanines. (Credit: Flickr / kidkutsphoto)
Arthur Kill Station
The MTA broke ground on the new Arthur Kill Station in Tottenville, Staten Island in October 2013. The MTA has projected the project will take 27 months, with the opening scheduled for fall 2015. The $27.4 million budget also includes a 150-car parking lot, according to the Staten Island Advance. The new station will replace two existing stations, the Nassau and the Atlantic stations--both of which the MTA says only serve about 540 commuters each weekday. (Credit: Flickr / mtaphotos)