Come noon on Jan. 1, the Q train will be extended to run up Second Avenue, serving about 200,000 riders per day. Pierina Ana Sanchez, the director for the Regional Plan Association in New York, praised the opening of the line. The association has championed the project as a critical piece of infrastructure since the publication of the Third Regional Plan published in 1996. Sanchez said a 40-minute commute from 86th street to Penn Station will now be reduced to 16 minutes. “This is a critical part of the transportation system,” Sanchez said. “Without the Second Avenue subway, the rest wouldn’t work. Investments like East Side Access wouldn’t work and investments like the extension of the … 7 line, wouldn’t work.”
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