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NY subway construction gets $1.3 bln federal funding
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09:13, November 20, 2007

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The long-stalled construction of a subway along the Second Avenue in Manhattan, New York, finally got 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in federal aid on Monday, NY1 news channel reported.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Eliot Spitzer joined U.S. Federal Transit Administrator James Simpson at Grand Central Terminal on Monday morning to celebrate the federal funding for the first phase of the project.

This phase would include stops at 92nd, 86th, 72nd and 63rd Streets.

Preliminary work on the project began in April. Construction on the first phase is expected to cost more than 4 billion dollars.

The first section of the subway line is scheduled to open in 2014.

The Second Avenue subway has been a goal of transportation advocates for more than 70 years.

Originally proposed in 1929 as part of a massive expansion of the subway system, work on the line never commenced as the Great Depression crushed the economy of the state and country.

Source: Xinhua

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