On Saturday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, and Representative Adriano Espaillat hosted United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in East Harlem to formally announce a $3.4 billion grant agreement, issued by the Federal Transit Administration, to aid in phase two of the Second Avenue Subway extension. 

The plan to extend the Q line with three new stations between 96 Street into East Harlem and across 125th Street to meet up with Metro North, and the 4, 5, 6 lines is expected to cost $7.7 billion and construction is expected to take eight years once it begins.

“Today, we begin to right the wrongs of the past. Because when people talk about transit deserts, and also transportation equity and racial equity, they seem to forget about this area for a long time,” said Hochul at Saturday's press conference. 

Construction for this phase will include excavation for the new tunnel and stations, station entrances, ancillary buildings, and connections to the 4/5/6 subway at Lexington Avenue. It is also the second of four planned phases to extend the Second Avenue Subway.