Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and NY Officials yesterday to mark the opening of the 7 train extension line, New Hudson Park and Boulevard. This new extension line will service 56,500 riders per day by 2025, driving new growth and development on the Far West Side.
New York--Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the MTA , development partners, yesterday along with federal, state and local elected officials to mark the commencement of passenger service on the number 7 Subway extension. The opening took place at the new station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue to link New Yorkers, workers and visitors to Manhattan's Far West Side. The station features new benches, lighting, railing, walls, ceilings and plenty of workers with instructions on how to make you commute more comfortable. The extension of the 7 Subway line west from Times Square was funded by a $2.4 nillion investment by the City of New York.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, "this is a great day, years in the making. It;s an expression of this city's capacity to do big things. The 7 train extension is going to anchor new growth and opportunity on the West Side, and will improve the commutes of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. And the new public space opening above is a tremendous addition ot the cityscape. We are deeply appreciative of the contributions so many New Yorkers and organizations have made to this project, from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to the MTA, to Senator Schumer and local elected officials."
This is the first phase announced by the City and is opened to the public by adding 2.5 acres of tree-lined open space between West 33rd and West 36th streets and 10th and 11th avenues. The main entrance of this extended line is located in the park, between West 33rd and West 34th streets. According to the reports, the subway extension and new park were key elements of a broader program that transformed the Hudson Yards area into a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use district with up to 50 million square feet of new development including new office space, 20,000 apartment, - in which 5,000 of them are affordable.
Since New York City first rezoned Hudson Yards in 2005, 6,300 apartments have already been built, including 1,200 that are affordable, as well as 4,100 hotel rooms. To date, $16 billion in private capital commitments have been spurred in the 7 subway extension and Hudson Park and Boulevard of the City's $3 billion investment.