Returning Times Square to normal after revelers ring in 2017

Confetti fell, fireworks boomed and TV cameras rolled as a massive crowd in Times Square said goodbye to a dizzying year dominated by a bitter presidential election and gave a full-throated cheer to the prospect of a better 2017.

Three new stations on the new Second Avenue line opened to the public at noon Sunday.

It's expected to carry about 200,000 riders daily, and is seen as crucial to alleviating congestion in the nation's biggest subway system.

A ceremonial first ride took place on Saturday night for an invitation-only crowd of dignitaries, about 90 minutes before the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square.

The nearly 2-mile segment adds stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd streets and connects them to a different subway line at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue.

The city's transportation board first envisioned a Second Avenue subway in 1929.