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The 7 Subway Extension — Hudson Yards Rezoning and Development Program refers to the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) plans to extend the IRT Flushing Line, which carries the 3 service, westward from its current terminus at Times Square, adding two new stations at 10th Avenue–43rd Street and 11th Avenue34th Street, which would become the line's new terminus.

Hudson Yards Redevelopment ProjectEdit

The extension, part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, is intended to aid redevelopment of the west side of Midtown Manhattan around the Long Island Rail Road's Caemmerer Railyard, and was originally proposed as part of the failed attempt to build the West Side Stadium for the New York Jets and the city's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Although the stadium plan was rejected by city and state planning agencies, the 3 subway extension plan is still on the table, as New York political leaders would like to see the warehouse district west of 8th Avenue and north of 34th Street redeveloped, and subway service would be an essential part of that effort. The extension would also serve the newly expanded Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Current statusEdit

The $2 Billion 3 subway extension is reportedly funded with New York City funds, and appears to be entering the final engineering and design stage with contracts for construction expected in by the end of 2006. The MTA plans to award a $350 million to $400 million contract by the end of 2006 to tunnel from West 26th Street north to West 41st Street and Tenth Avenue.[1] In June 2006, the New York Daily News reported, that construction on the extension will begin by the end of 2006, with completion in 2012[2].

In August 2006 the MTA announced that all future subway stations, including those built for the the Second Avenue subway, the 3 subway extension, and the new South Ferry station, will be outfitted with special air-cooling systems to reduce the temperature along platforms[3]. Also the 3 subway extension is said to have gates that will improve airflow inside subway cars, but a source says it will prevent people from committing suicide by jumping or falling on the tracks, probably Wikipedia (the MTA has the news article "Don't Become A Statistic" which warns people about falling on the tracks).

Future extension southward Edit

The 7 subway extension will have service tracks that extend to near 23rd Street. These tracks will be used for moving and storing trains. This track segment opens up the possibility that the line could be extended further south to 23rd Street and 11th Avenue to a possible future station to serve the Chelsea section of Manhattan and Chelsea Piers, which has become a popular recreation facility.


  1. New York's Subway System Finally Starting Major Expansion,, May 2006 issue
  2. 7 train wait at end of the line? New York Daily News, June 26, 2006
  3. Cooler subways coming - eventually, New York Daily News, August 4, 2006

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