Friday, April 12, 2013
7 train extension to NJ is DOA
From the Daily News:
The Bloomberg administration’s hope of extending the 7 train to New Jersey is dead on arrival.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority pulled the brakes on the proposal Wednesday hours after the city’s Economic Development Corporation released a report hyping the benefits of the cross-Hudson link.
“We don't see this as an economically viable idea,” said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz, whose agency had promised earlier in the day to study the “interesting” idea.
The city study showed it is feasible to push the 7 line — which is currently being extended to the far West Side of Manhattan — to Secaucus, where it would link with other transit lines.
The city, not the MTA, is paying more than $2 billion to extend the 7 line from Times Square to the Hudson Yards — but the extension will have only one new station because of a lack of funding when it opens next year.