Revived: Idea To Send NYC Subway Line To New Jersey

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 05:27 PM

(New York, NY - WNYC) The Bloomberg Administration is saying it's still a good idea to extend the 7 subway train from the west side of Manhattan to a major transit hub in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The project seemed dead a year ago, when then-chairman of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority Joe Lhota said it would not be built "in anybody's lifetime." But Lhota resigned last December to run for mayor. Now comes a city-commissioned report that essentially says the project is worth doing.

The issue is urgent because rush hour train service between New York and New Jersey is already over-crowded -- and expected to grow by 38 percent by 2030. The report says a subway line under the Hudson River could carry 128,000 riders per day on 30 extra trains per hour. And the extension would create a quick 16-minute ride from Grand Central Terminal to Secaucus and its nine commuter train lines.

The report concludes that it also makes sense to build on the momentum of the 7 train extension to 11th Avenue to the Hudson Yards project on the Far West Side. The authors also contend that extending the 7 train would not compete with Amtrak's proposal to build a Gateway Tunnel between New Jersey and Penn Station. Neither project has significant funding.

On the same day as the report's release, developers Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group agreed to pay the MTA $1 billion dollars for a 99-year lease and the right to develop the Hudson Yards, which would benefit from continuing the 7 train beneath the Hudson River.


Comments [2]

Philip McManus from Rockaway Park, Queens

Our leaders in government need to wake up and support faster transportation before we lose jobs and tax revenues.
The disastrous delays and overcrowding to get to the Super Bowl by mass transit is an illustration of the crisis.

We need faster transportation options asap. We need more buses, trains, ferries, carpooling, bikes, HOV lanes, express buses to Manhattan and new buses and trains from the Bronx to Queens to Brooklyn to Staten Island.

Imagine the business and jobs created and the unity for our City and region.
Imagine if everyone in the City could get to any neighborhood within the City within one hour by public and private transit.

Do you think this would save time and money for everyone?

We need to use every possible roadway, highway, bridge, tunnel, waterway and unused train tracks like the Queens Rockaway Beach Line and TriBoro RX.

I refuse to exclude any transit options to get around. Everyone uses a car once in a while especially when they go shopping.

I'm a proponent of faster transportation and expanding our transit system across the region so people can be more productive at work, home, and their communities.

Thank you to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, New York Daily News, Congressmen Meeks and Jeffries, State Senator Avella, Queens Community Boards 5 and 14 for their support of faster, better transportation.

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry:


Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee


Feb. 03 2014 11:33 AM

There was once a plan to extend the "A" line into Fort Lee, NJ. I think that's a great idea. A light rail line down the Hudson River work well with that.

Apr. 18 2013 11:48 AM

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