New York Opens Its Second Avenue Subway

For New Yorkers, the opening of the Second Avenue Subway finally delivered the new subway line on Manhattan’s East Side that had been promised since the 1920s. For WSP, the Jan. 1 opening represented the latest milestone in a history of work on the city’s subway system that dates to the 1890s.

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Commuters race to catch a ride on the new Second Avenue Subway on its opening day.

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The tunnel boring machine advanced an average of 50 feet a day when it was digging the Second Avenue Subway tunnel.

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A tunnel boring machine was used to dig most of the running tunnels along Second Avenue.

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Martin Hall

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The opening of the Second Avenue Subway on Jan. 1, 2017 finally delivered the new subway line on Manhattan’s East Side that had been promised since the 1920s.

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Although the 72nd Street station was considered the most unlikely to meet the Jan. 1 deadline, an enormous level of effort ensured that it opened on time … and was selected to host a New Year’s Eve gala.

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The new subway stations are free of columns and include mezzanines between the street and the train platforms, making the stations much more spacious.

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The 86th Street station a features artwork by New York artist Chuck Close, including a ceramic-tile portrait of musician Lou Reed.