Rep. Carolyn Maloney released a report card Monday on construction of the Second Avenue Subway, which is running through much of the congressional district, and thought overall that the MTA's mega-project makes the grade. NY1's Transit reporter Jose Martinez filed the following report.
The Second Avenue Subway project runs right through much of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's district, so she has taken special interest in its progress.
On Monday, Maloney issued her latest report card on the project, giving it an overall B-plus. She graded not only the construction of the $4.5 billion project, but also what it will someday mean to a neighborhood that has long wanted another subway line.
"For those of us who ride the Lexington Avenue Subway, we know that there is a limit to how many people you can shove into one car during rush hour. So we know that this subway is needed," Maloney said.
Maloney gave the project an "A-plus" for its eventual benefits, but downgraded the final score, saying the construction that has gone on since 2007 has been brutal on business owners and residents. She gave that a "C-minus," and cited an underground explosion last summer as a low point.
"It blasted rocks eight stories high into the air on 72nd Street. Many of our neighbors were extremely upset about this," the congresswoman said.
At Veki's Hairstyling on the Upper East Side, the continuing work means a lot of empty barber chairs, and neighbors are sick of living in a construction zone.
Then there are the project's ugly muck houses. The one at 69th Street is set to be dismantled this fall.
Maloney was quick to praise the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for taking down one of the unsightly towers at 72nd Street.
"The muck house is down! We are here celebrating that the muck house is down," Maloney said.
The 72nd Street muck house came down in June, while another one still farther north at 86th Street is supposed to come down next summer.
Still, the "B-plus" is the highest overall mark Maloney has given to the project since she started issuing report cards in 2009.