Just weeks after the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, some officials already are talking about expanding it and hoping the project has an ally in the New Yorker now occupying the White House. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
On once-far-flung sections of the Upper East Side, the new Second Avenue Subway is a life-changer for many.
"I love it," said one resident. "It's like right in front of my apartment. It's a huge impact on my life."
"I used to have to walk 15 minutes before I could even get on public transportation, and now, I have to walk two blocks," said another.
Now, one of the line's biggest cheerleaders is thinking even bigger, talking about extending the line north from 96th Street and south from 72nd to Houston streets. She says it's a $14 billion challenge the Trump administration plans to prioritize.
"Members in the transportation office of the White House have assured me that the Second Avenue Subway made the cut and is on the first list of infrastructure priorities for the new administration," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, whose district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The Trump administration did not comment, though the next phase of the Second Avenue line already has a small head start.
The MTA has set aside $1 billion to lay the groundwork for an expansion into East Harlem. The line would run to new stations at 106th and 116th streets and to the existing stop at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street.
"Everything has to start with a plan, and the first step is the infrastructure priorities that the administration will be backing," Maloney said.
Trump has talked about spending perhaps $1 trillion on new infrastructure. Maloney is hoping the opening of the Second Avenue line builds momentum to get some of that money to expand it.
But for all of Maloney's optimism, some residents NY1 spoke with at the corner of 116th and Second said they aren't expecting to see a subway station here anytime soon.
"Man, I'll probably be dead by then," said one resident. "Yeah, maybe my great-great-great grandchildren will be here by that time."
"By the time I'm an adult with a college degree," said one young resident.
Maloney said she hopes to find less skepticism about transportation funding in Washington.
"It seems to be an area that Democrats, Republicans and the administration are united on, so it should be easier to move," she said.
New Yorkers can only hope. Opening the first three stations on Second Avenue took nearly a century.