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The new Second Ave subway tunnels were the wrong size

The new Second Ave subway tunnels were the wrong size
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How’s that saying go, measure twice….


Even though its supposed to open this December, it’s been reported that after testing out the new Second Avenue subway, the crew had to shave down the sides of a tunnel to fit the trains. There’s also the tiny little detail left that, uh, it still needs to test some of the fire alarms and escalators.


Still, the MTA insists that the new line will stick to its schedule, but we’ll believe it when we see it. Also, this new line isn’t the entire project, just a mere couple of additional stops on the Q. It’s nice if you live near the 72nd, 86th and 96th stations, but that’s about it.



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Scott P

A bajillion dollar project in planning for what - 30 years?  And they couldn't get the size of the tunnels right?!  How the heck did they manage to build the original tunnels a century ago, with less knowledge, tech, and machinery?