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>> It's been nearly a century in the making. But on the first day of 2017, New York City's seemingly mythological Second Avenue subway line will finally begin running. That's the promise from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who this week tweeted we believe in the team, and that's why we're saying we're going to open the Second Avenue subway January 1st.
Now, construction workers are racing to meet that deadline. Reuter's correspondent David Ingraham has been following the subway line's progress.>> The Second Avenue subway has been the butt of jokes for decades in New York. People never thought that this project would ever get built. And people would talk about it as if it were a myth, a legend.
Pigs flying or unicorns.>> Local businesses have suffered as a result of the construction, but the new line is expected to serve 200,000 residents and boost business once it's finished.>> This part of Manhattan hasn't had reliable transit since the 1940s and 1950s. The only option right now for a train is to go west to Lexington Ave.
It's a very crowded subway line. So this project will provide really not only to residents who live in this area, but also residents who take that other line on Lexington Ave. Which will now be somewhat less crowded, but probably still crowded anyway.>> The subway line was first proposed in 1920 and canceled three times due to cash crunches, including the Great Depression.
Construction officially began in 2007 when Elliot Spitzer was Governor but delays continued to plague the project. Pushing back the expected 2013 completion date.>> This first phase includes three stops that will extend one of the subways existing lines, the Q line. But eventually, after four phases are built, it will run 8.5 miles up and down the east side including on a new line called the T line.
Cuomo says, he'll take the first ceremonial ride on New Year's Eve. Then if all goes as planned, the generations of New Yorker's who never dreamt the line would be completed in their lifetime will get to cram themselves in with complete strangers and take their ride on New Year's Day.