The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced that the Federal Transit Administration issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) for Phase II of New York City’s Second Avenue Subway Project. The FONSI was issued after an extensive update of the original Environmental Impact Statement that was prepared in 2004. The new findings mean changes to the design of the project since 2004 were found to have no additional adverse impact on the environment in the construction area.

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney said: “This finding is a major step forward toward making Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway a reality,” “Phase 2 will make it much easier to commute to and from East Harlem, and to access Metro North and the LaGuardia bus at 125th Street. We have already seen the extraordinary success of Phase 1, and the MTA must move forward as quickly as possible to build the full-length Second Avenue Subway up to 125th Street and then down to lower Manhattan.”

Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway opened for service January 1, 2017. Phase II is now underway with engineering and environmental reviews. Phase II will extend the subway line to 125th Street with stops at 106th, 116th, and 125th. When completed, the Second Avenue Subway Line will extend 8.5 miles from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan, including 16 new ADA-accessible subway stations.