Second Avenue Subway, Newest Line in NYC, Opens

December 31, 2016- New York City - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast, dedicates the brand new Second Avenue Subway Line in New York City on December 31, 2016. The station opens to the public at noon on January 1, 2017. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

The Second Avenue Subway is open for service.

The system’s first major expansion in more than 50 years officially opened on Jan. 1. Officials took a preview run on the line on Dec. 31, 2016.

“After nearly a century, the Second Avenue Subway is no longer a dream that only a few still believe is possible. Thanks to the dedication and tireless efforts of thousands of great New Yorkers, the stations are open, the trains are running and it is spectacular,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a New Year’s Eve news release. “With this achievement, we have recaptured the bold ambition that made the Empire State so great, proving that government can still accomplish big things for the people it serves. New Year’s Eve is all about starting anew and I am proud to ring in the New Year on the Second Avenue Subway and welcome a new era in New York where there is no challenge too great, no project too grand, and all is possible once again.”

The Second Avenue Subway was first proposed in 1919. As part of the first phase, the subway added new stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th streets.

The subway connects with the BMT Broadway Line and the rest of the subway system. If finished, the line is planned to run between 125th Street and Hanover Square.