Monday, December 30, 2013
Bloomberg suggests more subways in Queens - at station opening in Manhattan
The 7 train extension is expected to open in June 2014. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city and MTA officials and developers took a ride and a tour of the site Friday.
“Today’s historic ride is yet another symbol of how New York City has become a place where big projects can get done,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
Bloomberg advocated for the project in 2006 and City Council voted to rezone an area on Manhattan’s far west side. In 2007, the city financed about $2 billion in bonds to pay for the project.
The MTA is managing the project and contractors have been working to build the extension. It runs about a mile from Times Square-42nd Street to the station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan.
Hudson Yards, a giant residential and commercial development, is one of the projects rising in the area.
“When we complete construction on this project next summer, the West Side will be connected to the rest of this vibrant city and will be just a train ride away,” said Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction.
A second station was planned at 41st street and 10th Avenue but it was dropped from the project as costs rose. It could be built at a later date.
Initially, crews set an ambitious project completion date of December 2013. Some construction issues and the building and installation of special escalators ended up adding time to the project.
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