Rejoice, denizens of Manhattan’s west side! The long-delayed extension of the No. 7 train has finally been given an official opening date. Come February 25—if all goes according to plan—New Yorkers will be able to ride the 7 train all the way from Flushing in Queens to a brand-new station on 34th St and 11th Ave. Finally, you’ll be able to make that winter trip to the Javits Center without the use of snowshoes and a team of Siberian huskies.
The new station will extend 7 train service from its current terminus at Times Square-42nd St. to the far West Side of Manhattan. And it will do it in style. The $2.4 billion price tag for the city-funded project has resulted in some pretty splashy amenities at the new transportation hub including an on-platform air-cooling system and glass “inclination elevators” that travel 170-feet at 27 degree angles.
“People are going to be impressed,” says Michael Horodniceanu, the MTA capital construction division president, regarding the soon-to-open station. “This is a station that’s very airy and modern. You don’t have any claustrophobic feeling. The experience is going to be dramatically different.”
The No. 7 train extension has faced less setbacks than other high-profile transportation projects, like East Side Access and the (maybe imaginary) Second Avenue subway, but the city’s newest subway stop has still dealt with plenty of issues over the last few years. Originally scheduled to open in December of 2013, the project was forced to delay its opening due to a series of equipment failures and construction delays.
So unfortunately, you'll still have to Uber it to Comic Con.
Check out some artist renderings of the new station below.