Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MTA Chairman Jay Walder donned hard hats and orange vests for a tour of the nearly half completed No. 7 Line extension project on the West Side near the Hudson Yards.
Standing 140 feet underground, walking along freshly laid concrete, the mayor says he expects this $2.1 billion project to generate major revenue for the city.
The project, funded by the city, is slated for completion in December 2013.
When completed the tunnel will extend the 7 line from West 41st Street to 34th Street and 11th Avenue.
Concrete and some tracks have already been laid.
Lights are on down here, and a siren rings every few minutes.
A train with tools is already using the new tracks.
Tunnel workers are called Sandhogs.
John Lauer (left). His co-hogs have dubbed him Sponge Bob because of his matted blond hair.
Sponge Bob was proud to have had Mayor Bloomberg sign his hardhat.
Michael Horodniceanu, head of the MTA capital construction company (left), Mayor Bloomberg (center), and Jay Walder, Chairman of the MTA.
Heavy clamps for connecting pipes lay on the ground.