The Second Avenue Subway is finally here and stretches almost two miles long. This means 96th, 86th and 72nd streets all have a new connection to an existing subway line at 63rd Street. The new service is expected to transport 200,000 riders daily. On an average weekday, the entire New York subway system transports 5.6 million passengers.
Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo took a group of invite-only passengers on the train 90 minutes before the ball dropped in Times Square, but January first it opened to it’s real riders. On it’s first day there were a lot of delays, but that was to be expected. De Blasio stated “We needed to show people that government works, and we can still do big things and great things and we can still get them done.” This was said after $4.5 billion and decades of work. The subway was started in the 1920s and finally opened at noon after a nearly 100-year-long wait.