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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 three 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
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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.

East Side Access

East Side commuters from Long Island could one

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.

Arthur Kill Station

The MTA broke ground on the new Arthur
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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.


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