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Second Avenue subway will open New Year’s Day: Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo says he feels "cautiously optimistic" that the Second Avenue line will be open by 2017. (Governor's Office)

Gov. Cuomo says the Second Avenue line will be open by Jan. 1, 2017. (Governor’s Office)

MANHATTAN — A stretch of the Second Avenue subway is set to open on New Year’s day after nearly half a century of construction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo made the announcement on Twitter Monday morning.

“We believe in the team, and that’s why we’re saying we’re going to open the 2nd Ave Subway Jan. 1,” the governor said on Twitter.

Final tests on the subway line are expected to be done by Dec. 23, according to the MTA.

About 5.6 million people ride the city’s subways every day. The new Second Avenue line will reduce crowding and delays on the Lexington Avenue lines, MTA officials said. It should reduce travel time by 10 minutes or more for commuters on the Upper East Side.

The Second Avenue line will be the first major subway expansion in over 50 years. The full line will stretch from Harlem to Lower Manhattan. Sixteen stations will provide access to the 8.5 miles of track.