On Monday, the Governor’s office put out a statement that Cuomo was “cautiously optimistic” that the Second Avenue Subway would open on time by the end of the month. Yesterday, MTA chairman Tom Prendergast echoed this statement, but was quick to point out that the long-awaited line would only open on December 31st if all stations were up and running (previous reports talked of a partial opening), reports the Daily News. “Track’s done, signals are done, we’ve run trains, we’ve exercised the signal system,” he said. “We’re talking about finish and escalators, elevators — things of that nature in the station.”
Prendergast also admitted that the MTA fast-tracked its testing schedule after it fell behind and Governor Cuomo asked that the agency stick to its December 31st deadline. “Maybe I was a little bit of a doubting Thomas for a while, but then I started to see that that change got made and then that’s where we started to change our language in terms of saying ‘cautiously optimistic.’ We saw a path to an end, a date certain, and an ability to make it,” he said recently.
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Lead image via Governor Cuomo’s Office