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Second Avenue subway opening day: See photos

The new Second Avenue subway stations finally opened to the public on Sunday.

Eager commuters packed into a northbound Q train to go to the 76th, 86th and 96th street stations for the first time.

The subway line has been in the making for decades, and the three new stations -- Phase I of the project -- only account for a quarter of the planned 8.5-mile track uptown.

Scroll down to see pictures from the opening day.

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

A child looks out the window of a
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

A child looks out the window of a downtown Q train at the Second Avenue subway's 86th Street station on the first day that the new line opened to the public, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway in Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

People walk through the Second Avenue subway's 72nd
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

People walk through the Second Avenue subway's 72nd Street station on the first day that the new line opened to the public, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Passengers cheer as they ride a northbound Q
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Passengers cheer as they ride a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Timothy Hardial cheers as he exits a northbound
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Timothy Hardial cheers as he exits a northbound Q train at 96th Street during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Commuters packed into a northbound Q train during
Photo Credit: Vincent Barone

Commuters packed into a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

A girl blows her horn at the 96th
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

A girl blows her horn at the 96th Street station during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Harlem residents Frankie Santiago and Enisa DeJesus share
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Harlem residents Frankie Santiago and Enisa DeJesus share a kiss as they wait for the doors to open on a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

People look at artwork by Chuck Close in
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

People look at artwork by Chuck Close in the Second Avenue subway's 86th Street station on the first day that the new line opened to the public, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Passengers ride a northbound Q train during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

People explore the new 96th Street station during
Photo Credit: Vincent Barone

People explore the new 96th Street station during the first day of service on the Second Avenue subway on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

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