New York's MTA makes 1st addition to subway system in 26 years

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) said Sunday it has made the first addition to its subway system in the last 26 years, and now the new station, 34 Street-Hudson Yards Station on the 7 Subway Line Icon, is open.

The new station and subway line addition contain modern mechanical, electrical and communications equipment and systems. The subway service now extends to the far West Side of Manhattan’s midtown, which encourages transit-oriented development in growing mixed-use communities in the local area.

“This station is the centerpiece of an ambitious plan to make the far West Side of Manhattan a top-tier destination for residents and visitors alike while meeting the daily needs of millions of subway riders, and one that is poised to meet future needs,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “It is a clear example of how the city and state can work together to support a transit network that drives our regional economy.”

The station is on the 7 Subway Line Icon, which is the only line that is south of 59th Street that offers service to travelers west of Ninth Avenue. The subway also gives easy access to the High Light, the Jacob Javits Convention Center and the Hudson River Park, which was recently opened.

“This is a great day, years in the making,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “It’s an expression of this city’s capacity to do big things. The 7 Subway Line Icon train extension is going to anchor new growth and opportunity on the West Side and will improve the commutes of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. And the new public space opening above is a tremendous addition to the cityscape. We are deeply appreciative of the contributions so many New Yorkers and organizations have made to this project — from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the MTA to Senator (Charles) Schumer and our local elected officials.”

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