Clifton Hood, associate professor of history, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article “Phantom Subway May Finally Run,” about the 2nd Avenue subway in New York City. For 84 years the subway was planned and never built. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said he hopes the groundbreaking will begin by the end of the year. According to the article, completion of the 2nd Avenue subway is projected for 2020, will include 16 new stations, and would stretch 8.5 miles from Harlem to the downtown financial district. The subway is designed to relieve congestion on the East Side of Manhattan, served only by the Lexington Avenue line, which carries 1.5 million people on weekdays.
“There have been a lot of phantom subways over the years,” said Hood, who has studied the origin of New York's subways. “Some agency would propose a whole mass of new subways. The economy would go downhill. Real estate groups would exert their influence, and what happened was you could never build all of them. The 2nd Avenue subway is part of that history.”
Hood's book on the history of the New York City subways, 722 Miles, is scheduled to be re-released in a centennial edition to coincide with October's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of NYC's first subway. Copies of the new edition book are now available in the faculty books section of the College Store.