The MTA is ready for Round Two of the Second Avenue subway.
With the first part of the long-awaited subway line on Manhattan’s Upper East Side slated to open in December, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s gearing up to find funding for Phase 2.
That project will extend the subway north from Second Ave. and 96th St. to 125th St. and Lexington Ave., with new stations at 106th, 116th and 125th Sts. and Lexington Ave.
“Our goal is to fast-track Phase 2 to every extent possible, and if these efforts to speed up the project timetable are successful, the MTA will amend our Capital Program and seek additional funds to begin heavy construction sooner,” MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast said Friday.
Phase 1 of the Second Ave. Subway project added three new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Sts. and an expanded station at 63rd St. and Lexington Ave., currently used by the F train. Once service begins, the Q train will operate on the Second Ave. line.
The MTA is placing advertisements for proposals for the first three contracts, which include design, environmental and community outreach services.
The largest of the contracts is for an engineering and design consultant. The winning bidder also will provide technical information to support the supplemental environmental review process, prepare the final design of the construction contracts and provide technical services to support construction.
The winning bidder for the environmental consulting contract will provide environmental engineering, scientific, technical and analytical services.
“These design and environmental consulting contracts will enable us to take the next steps toward construction of the next phase of the Second Avenue Subway,” said MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu. “The community outreach contract will help ensure that community members are kept informed and their feedback is taken into account every step of the way.”
The final proposal includes community outreach services for Phase 2. The consultant for this contract will assist in the development, implementation and management of a community relations and outreach program and provide staff for a Community Information Center.
The review process for all three positions will be accelerated with contracts expected to be awarded this summer.