MTA has completed its $2.42 billion 7 Line extension to Manhattan’s West Side with the opening of a new station at Hudson Yards – the first new station to be added to New York’s subway system since 1989.
Construction began on the extension, which takes the 7 Line beyond Times Square to 34th Street & 11th Avenue, in 2007. It is the first time tunnel boring machines (TBMs) have been used to construct subway tunnels in New York City.
The project has extended the Flushing Line west from Times Square to the site of the Hudson Yards development – a luxury mixed-use riverside development.
MTA chairman and chief executive Thomas Prendergast was joined by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, MTA Capital Construction president Dr Michael Horodniceanu, New York City Transit interim president James L attended at an opening ceremony at the new 34 St-Hudson Yards 7 Station.
It is the first new station to be added to the network since the opening of the Lexington Av-63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge stations in 1989.
The 2.4-kilometre extension will benefit from the arrival of CBTC signalling in 2017, which is being installed to meet growing passenger demand in Queens and on the far West Side.