With it's initial rollout, it's not exactly going to change the lives of people across New York City. Sure, a few Upper East Siders will have to walk just a little less from the subway on their way too and from work, but for the majority of us it's still a hopeful sign of things to come.
This victory is one that's more symbolic for New Yorkers than anything, and shows that when it comes to major transit infrastructure, anything is possible.
It means that if New York City gets serious about the Triboro RX line – a proposal that utilizes existing infrastructure to run a train from South Brooklyn through the heart of Queens up into the Bronx – it might actually be able to pull it off with some efficiency.
Next year, we'll start to see real progress on the Brooklyn-Queens Connector and a citywide ferry system. This is proof that both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are serious about upgrading the transit infrastructure in the city.
For a generation, the city's public transportation system seemed static, but things are changing rapidly as the sprawl reaches all corners of every borough.
So instead of being grateful and complacent, start asking your representatives, “what's next?” Because a Second Avenue Subway line shows us that no transit project is ultimately too big for New York City.