MTA Opens Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center
Anyone interested in learning more about the Second Avenue Subway construction project, viewing exhibits about its long history or having their concerns about the project heard can now drop by MTA’s new Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center (CIC).
The new center, located at 1628 Second Ave. between East 84th and East 85th streets, is a place where visitors can participate in regular programs and activities, view biannual exhibits about Second Avenue Subway project, and most importantly access information about the project and bring issues of concern to the attention of project staff. It will remain open until the first phase of the project, which will bring the Q line from East 63rd Street to East 96th Street, begins operating in December 2016.
“The Community Information Center brings our aggressive community outreach initiatives to a whole new level,” said MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu. “While it provides a convenient way for the Upper East Side community to interact with project staff, it also serves as a community resource and educational facility where students and community organizations can learn about everything that goes into such a complex urban transportation project.”
The CIC will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It will feature multimedia exhibitions, demonstrating what it takes to build a project of this magnitude. The first exhibit is a timeline of the history of New York City’s efforts to build the Second Avenue Subway. Using an iPad controller, visitors can scroll through the timeline at their own pace and tap dates to explore archival photos, videos, letters and maps on a widescreen TV illustrating the project’s journey from its start 80 years ago to the present.
Visitors can also browse a 2D graphic timeline of the history of the Second Avenue Subway suspended on the wall by cables. Future exhibits will highlight the technologies and processes used in modern subway construction, what you’ll find in the subterranean world of Second Avenue, and more.
Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway Project is currently under construction. The new subway will extend the Q line from an expanded station at Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street east to Second Avenue, then north to 96th Street. Three entirely new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets are in the process of being built.