Lawmakers Grade Second Avenue Subway Progress
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Second Avenue subway construction is getting a good grade from local lawmakers.
For the second year in a row, lawmakers representing the Upper East Side issued a report card on the construction of the project.
This year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was given a "B" for its final grade -- an improvement from 2009.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says the agency has made significant progress with tunnel boring efforts and communicating with residents and business owners in the area.
But all the representatives stressed the 2016 deadline must be met for the MTA to avoid failing the public.
"There is a great deal of room for improvement, but there is also a growing sense that this project will actually be completed in our lifetimes," Maloney said.
The MTA received a grade of "A+" for both project merits and economic benefits. However, the report shows the MTA needs to improve in the areas of planning, construction management and reducing the impact construction will have on the surrounding neighborhood.