The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US has opened the new Second Avenue Subway station at 86th Street and a new entrance to the subway has opened at 63rd Street and 3rd Avenue in New York.

With this new entrance, MTA customers will be able to access the F Subway line immediately and the Second Avenue Subway Q Subway Train once service begins.

Features of the new station include high ceilings, column-free design, vibrant lighting, and contemporary artwork.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "The new stations are magnificent in both their form and their function, from the innovative design to the world-class artwork that adorns the walls, and we are excited to welcome New Yorkers to see the new stations that will become part of their daily lives.

"The on-time opening of the Second Avenue Subway is concrete proof of the grit and determination of New Yorkers, and will provide much-needed relief to a congested system."

"On-time opening of Second Avenue Subway is concrete proof of the determination of New Yorkers, and will provide much-needed relief to a congested system."

The new 969ft-long, 45ft-wide 86th Street Station provides access for the disabled, and was built with column-free design to create a sense of openness. Its two-tiered mezzanine design improves the flow of riders and reduces crowding on the platform.

Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway includes three new stations at 96th Street, 86th Street and 72nd Street that are ADA compliant. 

It also includes new entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63rd Street Station at 63rd Street and Third Avenue and will provide service from 96th Street to 63rd Street serving more than 200,000 people per day.

Revenue service will start once the first uptown Q Subway train to Second Avenue departs from the 57th-7th Avenue station.

This phase will decrease crowding on the adjacent Lexington Avenue Line and also reduce travel times by up to ten minutes.

Further phases of the project are set to extend the line to Hanover Square in the Financial District and the new stations will provide transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines.