NYC gets a new subway station tomorrow, when the long-awaited 7 Flushing Line extension finally opens to far west 34th St., close to Hudson Yards, Javits Convention Center, High Line Park and Hudson River ferries, and the B and H camera and electronics superstore.
The Line Extension adds one stop from Times Square to 34th Street & 11th Avenue, at the heart of what is quickly becoming midtown Manhattan’s newest “hot” neighborhood, and it’s sure to encourage even speedier growth of offices, apartments, restaurants and support services in the area.
The Line Extension is anticipated to serve more than 35,000 peak hour passengers, and speed traffic on both 42nd and 34th Streets by reducing traffic-congestion from taxis and e-hail car services, which also will help reduce carbon emissions in midtown.
The new station uses so-called incline elevators, in between escalators and elevators, for accessibility, including for passengers in wheelchairs. And the station is bright and airy.
There’s no word yet about whether each and every train will travel beyond its current end point at Times Square, or it will be rotating service, such as every other train, except in rush hours. Stay tuned.
With the new extension, you’ll be able to go from the High Line to a game of baseball in Flushing Meadow on a single fare. Too bad the line wasn’t open in time for all the world-class tennis at the US Open.
The $2.4 Billion extension has been under construction since 2007, and delayed any number of times.
Still to come is the opening of the Second Avenue Subway. It’s just a century overdue – proposed in the early 1900s.
Read about the saga of the Second Avenue Subway on the blog 2nd Avenue Sagas.