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Transit Fans Get Engaged in Tunnel to House Second Avenue Subway

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For most New Yorkers, the big question around the Second Avenue subway is, 'Will it finally open?' One subway super-fan had another very important question to ask. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

More than 1,200 New Yorkers have traveled beneath Second Avenue for monthly tours of the caverns that will eventually house the Second Avenue subway.

Only self-proclaimed transit nerd Adam Meagher can say this is where he popped the question, though.

"Just like New Yorkers, I've been waiting a long time for the Second Avenue subway. I have also been waiting a long time time to ask you this question, which is, 'Will you marry me?'" he asks.

His new fiance, Carolyn Grossman, is a fellow urban planner and subway aficionado who grew up in a building directly above the future 86th Street station of the Second Avenue subway.

And that's where she said "yes."

"So much better than it could have been in the 7 train tunnel," says Grossman.

Maybe this is an offbeat spot for a wedding proposal, but for these two, it just felt right.

"I am unbelievably surprised that he was able to sneak the planning for this by me—and I cannot think of a better location or a better proposal," she says.

"This is like a cathedral. We would have been excited to just come down here for the tour," says Meagher.

The platinum engagement ring is from the 1920s, perhaps fittingly, since that's the decade when the Second Avenue subway was first proposed.

Now, with the stations and tunnels of the $4.5 billion project taking shape, so is this couple's life together.

"We're moving forward here, they're moving forward with their life," says Michael Horodniceanu of Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction.

"It came to me one day, because we both love transit, we both care a lot about the city and really believe in the importance of infrastructure," says Meagher.

Now, they've got the building blocks for a story they someday plan to tell their kids.

"I'm just really excited that they're going to be able to tell their friends, 'This is where my father proposed to my mother.' And the trains will be running, so no one will be able to copy that," Meagher says.

That's how you ring in a new subway station.

While the happy couple doesn't yet have a wedding date, they do say that they plan to beat the December 2016 arrival of the Second Avenue subway with a wedding that's on-time and under-budget.

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