An aerial rendering of the new station
We once had a friend who lived in midtown all the way over on 12th Avenue…and let’s just say we rarely visited. But what was once a subway wasteland is finally getting its very own subway station. After years of delays, the new 7 train stop at 34th Street-Hudson Yards will officially open on September 13th, at 1:00pm to be exact. The extension from its current endpoint at Times Square has cost the city $2.4 billion since construction commenced in 2007.
Originally, the station was supposed to open by the end of 2013, but various issues, including those with fire alarms, power and ventilation systems, and escalators, pushed the opening back. The project was implemented to service the 26-acre Hudson Yards mega-development (which is costing the city more than $947 million), but will be a welcome addition for all those who live and work on the far west side.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said, “The 1.5 mile extension of the 7 Line to 34th St-11 Av will make it the only line south of 59 St to provide service west of Ninth Avenue.” It will take riders only six minutes to get from the new station to Grand Central. If you want to be one of the inaugural riders, Second Avenue Sagas has the exact timing: “The first train in revenue service to arrive at the new station will be the 12:26 out of Flushing, coming in at 1:03 p.m., and the first to leave the station is scheduled to depart at 1:07 p.m.”
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All images via MTA as of March 2015