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New York MTA Opens 7 Subway Line Extension to West Side; 34 St-Hudson Yards: First Addition in 26 Years

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) opened the 34 St-Hudson Yards station—the 469th station in the MTA New York City Transit (NYC Transit) subway system—on Sept. 13.

The new station, MTA’s first to open since 1989, is the terminus of a 1.5-mile extension of the 7 subway line. It offers access to the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the High Line “linear park” and the newly opened Hudson River Park, along with major residential and retail development in the emerging 45-square-block ­Hudson Yards neighborhood.

“Just as the 7 train created neighborhoods [in Queens] like Long Island City, Sunnyside and Jackson Heights in the 20th century, this extension instantly creates an accessible new neighborhood right here in Manhattan,” said MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas F. ­Prendergast. “It will improve service reliability for all 7 line customers and, thanks to the foresight of ­[former] Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg, it is anchoring the transit-oriented, mixed-use development transforming the far West Side.”

The city funded the $2.42 billion, 1.5-mile extension of the 7 Line with $2.1 billion for the station and $266 million for other non-subway related infrastructure work. MTA contributed $53 million for the extension, helping spur the development and transformation of the rezoned far West Side.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the station, called the new station and line extension “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 to the cityscape.”

The station and the new subway line contain state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical and communications equipment and systems. Public spaces provide capacity for future system changes, integrating signage, lighting, digital advertising and artwork. The station also contains other notable “firsts,” including the longest column-free station platform, the longest escalators inside any station and two wheelchair-accessible inclined elevators that connect the upper and lower mezzanines.

The station has three public floors: the upper mezzanine, 27.6 feet below street level, the lower mezzanine, 109 feet below street level, and the platform level, 125 feet below street level.

APTA business members involved in construction of the 7 line extension and the new subway station include WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Arup, a subcontractor on tunnel design.

Ultimately, Hudson Yards will house more than 40 million square feet of mixed-use development.

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Participating in dedication ceremonies for NYC Transit’s new 34 St-Hudson Yards Station, from left: MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio.
Photo: Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

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