New 7 train station opening delayed by a year

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Behind the scenes at Mayor Bloomberg’s ride to the new 7 train station

The 7 train extension was expected to open in June 2014.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city and MTA officials and developers took a ride and a tour of the site in December 2013 as Mayor Bloomberg’s term was winding down.

“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.

But the extension isn’t expected to open until the winter of 2014 (and perhaps not until January 2015). Complicated escalators are being blamed.

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 have added time to the project.

Ceremonial ride to the new 7 train station on Manhattan's westside

MTA Capital Construction Pres. Horodniceanu accompanied Mayor Bloomberg on the ceremonial ride along the 7 in December 2013.

“The 10th Avenue Station is needed to serve the explosive residential growth already occurring in this area, ” said New York City Transit Riders Council Chairman and MTA Board Member Andrew Albert.

“We note with alarm that to complete the 10th Avenue Station in the future will cost an additional $100 to $150 million more than the station would have cost if included in the original construction. We ask Mayor-elect de Blasio and the incoming City Council to build on the success of what has been accomplished,” Albert added.

The 7 line extension is the first extension funded by the New York City in more than 60 years. City property tax revenue generated in the area will repay the bonds.

The official name of the station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue has not been determined, according to the MTA Media office.

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