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New York City's biggest expansion of the subway system in 50 years, Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway opened for service January 1, 2017. Phase 2 is now underway with teams advancing preliminary engineering and environmental review and a Community Information Center that opened in East Harlem in September 2017. When complete, the full-length subway line will provide riders with substantially improved transit including:

Service extending 8.5 miles along Manhattan's East Side—from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan
16 new stations serving communities including East Harlem, the Upper East Side, East Midtown, Gramercy Park, East Village, the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Lower Manhattan
Modern ADA-accessible station amenities, raising the bar for customer comfort and convenience
Convenient transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines–facilitating smoother, faster transportation across the city and the region
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