MTA’s Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center on East 125th Street




Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center, 69 East 125th Street.

In anticipation of Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway, an MTA community information center with rotating exhibits is open to the public on East 125th Street, steps from the MTA Metro North Station, and halfway between the #2/3 and #4/5/6.

Update January 26, 2023: ┬áMTA officials are “now bullish on getting early $3 billion from the federal government to cover half of the potential cost of extending the Second Avenue subway, indicating that we are now in the Engineering Stage of Phase 2.

Rendering of what we might expect on 125th Street and Park Avenue, will include an elevator entrance.

Phase II of the project is ready to go, pending an ok from the Federal Government that the funds are on the way. The necessary parcels of land were acquired by MTA on both the East and the West side of Park Avenue on 125th Street. The rendering above sits on the parcel on the east side of Park Avenue, and will house an elevator entrance.

Inside the Community Information Center

The information center offers in many different ways, an outline of what subway riders might expect, beginning with the construction process and path the subway will take.

Second Avenue Subway Phase 2

Wall displays and interactive multimedia touch screens, along with in-depth videos track the Q-Line extension. Phase 2 will extend train service from the 96th Street station on the Upper East Side to East Harlem, with new stations at 106th Street and 116th Street on Second Avenue, and 125th Street at Park Avenue.

Take the wheel, and yes ~ you can honk the horn

One of our favorite interactive displays is the ability to drive the train! and yes, you can honk the horn.

Display on view

Expecting a 300,000 ridership daily on Phase 1 and 2 combined, this new section will connect to the M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport as well as the #4,5,6 subway and Metro North on 125.

Inside the MTA Community Information Center on East 125th Street

The three new stations (106, 116, and 125) will each provide ADA accessibility. The proposed $51 billion capital plan took years to put together. Now the question is ~ will Phase 2 become a victim of COVID-19?

Tunnel boring machine on display

There is a lot in play, according to The City, September 20, 2020. Stay tuned.

Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway is part of East 125th Street, a work in progress. Moving forward and now in the Engineering Stage, below is an update given to CB11 by the MTA on January 12, 2022.

MTA presentation at CB11 meeting January 12, 2022

Below, the property in green indicates where the entrance to Phase 2 at 125th Street will be. It is the area on Park Avenue between 124/125th Streets, just east of the Metro North Station building (City owned property).

Property that will be used for Phase 2 at Park Avenue between 124-125th Streets.

Below, more information given during the January 12, 2022 CB11 meeting by MTA.

This project still has a long way to go. Once the project goes into the construction phase, it will take about eight years to complete.

Have you seen MTA Art & Design in the Second Avenue Subway from 63rd Street to 96th Street?

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