We're sure everyone saw this coming: According to the Daily News, "Straphangers seeking relief from the overcrowded Lexington Ave. line may have to wait until 2017 for the arrival of the MTA's cure - the Second Ave subway, sources told the Daily News Tuesday... [After an analysis] The conclusion: the official completion date for phase one of the project should be pushed from June 2015 to December 2016, with possible future delays placing the opening in the summer of 2017, the sources said." Okay, so 2017 translated from MTA time should be sometime in 2020, no?
Phase one would have included new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th, with the T and Q lines running down 2nd Avenue; plus Q riders would also be able to access the 63rd Street and Lexington station. Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said, "It will not come as shock to the American people that the Second Ave. subway is behind schedule. It's a big complicated project. I think part of this is bowing to the economic realities of what money is available and when." The Post adds, "The massive $4.3 billion price tag will now be between $100 million and $500 million more expensive."
Groundbreaking of restarting the stop-and-start Second Avenue subway was in April of 2007. It was so long ago, Governor Spitzer oversaw the festitivies!!