New York gets its first new subway station in 25 years
The first new subway station to open in New York since 1990 began operating yesterday and is expected to carry 32,000 passengers each week day.
The No. 7 station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue on the far west side of Manhattan will improve service for all No 7 train users because it will provide space to store trains – something that had delayed other areas up to now.
The new facility also has another notable achievement – as it is the first extension in 60 years to be paid for by the city, according to the New York Times.
The newspapers described the new opening as a much-awaited moment for historians and passengers while also welcoming the fact that the city is paying more for such capital projects in the transportation arena.
It’s a view shared by Governor Andew Cuomo who believes the city should contribute $200 million a year for the next five years while earmarking another $1.5 billion for the Second Avenue subway line.
Locals expressed their delight of having to avoid the long trek from Pennsylvania Station, which up to now was the nearest subway station.
The new station has suffered a series of setback and delays and officials were red-faced several times as they were forced to make excuse after excuse.
However the deputy mayor for economic planning under the Bloomberg administration, Daniel L Doctoroff said the most important thing was to get the new infrastructure right. The station, he explained, would be in place for hundreds of years and people had begun investing in the area on the strength that it would be delivered.