Second Avenue Subway Construction Is Not Bad for You, Says the MTA


Ah, Second Avenue subway. We’ve had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we’ve been waiting for your completion. You’re noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making those who live in the environs of all the construction you are requiring? There’s a study for that! According to the MTA’s recent assessment of how all the subway blasting has impacted air quality along Second Avenue on the Upper East Side, you’re not that bad.

“Based on the results of the study, there are no concerns that Second Avenue Subway construction is causing any danger to the public’s health,” MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu said. “We will continue to do everything we can to be a good neighbor as we complete this critically important project as quickly as possible.”

The pollutants that were bad, or below air quality standards — fine dust, sulfur dioxide, and ammonia — “did not coincide with blasting” and were probably caused by traffic and “other local sources.” Even the EPA agreed!

So, the only thing bad for you about the Second Avenue subway is waiting for the Second Avenue subway to finally finish being built. We’re not getting any younger, here.