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View Full Version : 2nd ave. tunnel Vs. the Chunnel?



nAz
04-26-2006, 08:00 AM
Most New Yowkers will know what i am talking about when i mention the 2nd ave tunnel but for those that do not here are highlights of the line:

8.5 miles of new track along the length of Manhattan's East Side, from 125th Street to Hanover Square.

A track connection to the existing 63rd Street and Broadway Lines, providing direct service from East Harlem and the Upper East Side to West Midtown via the Broadway express tracks.

Two services, each with its own route designation: One service will run generally under Second Avenue from 125th Street to Hanover Square; a second service will operate from 125th Street under Second Avenue and connect to the 63rd Street Line and the Broadway express tracks, using an existing track connection between the 63rd Street Line and the Broadway Line. Second Avenue/Broadway Line service will continue over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn.

16 new stations serving communities in Harlem, Upper East Side, East Midtown, Gramercy Park, East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown and Lower Manhattan.

An intermodal terminal at 125th Street with transfers to the Lexington Avenue Line and Metro-North Railroad.

The sequencing plan currently under consideration would construct the subway in four phases. The four phases, which could potentially overlap, are as follows:


Phase 1: 105th Street to 62nd Street, including the tunnel connection to the 63rd Street/Broadway Line; subway service from 96th Street to West Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn via the Broadway Line.


Phase 2: 125th Street to 105th Street; subway service from 125th Street to West Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn via the Broadway Line.


Phase 3: 62nd Street to Houston Street, including the 63rd Street tunnel connection to Queens for non-passenger services; subway service from 125th Street to West Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn via the Broadway Line and from 125th Street to Houston Street.


Phase 4: Houston Street to Hanover Square; subway service from 96th Street to West Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn via the Broadway Line and from 125th Street to Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan.

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It will be less then 9 miles long but the freaking price tag is at 12 billion right know and will probably grow larger and the total completion time wont be till 2030??? wtf!

In contrast the Chunnel which is i think 31 miles long was completed in less then 8 years and cost a whopping 20 Billion.

Anyone have any idea on why the NYC tunnel will cost so much and take so long to build?
I think we should hire the designers and builders of the Chunnel and let then do it for maybe half the cost and half the time.