Friday was a big day for the future 7 line extension to Hudson Yards, with the first official train stopping at the station, along with an address by the mayor. From all accounts the ceremony was very thrown together, with the station still a long, long way from being ready. Given that the mayor more-or-less championed the extension though, you can’t blame him for wanting to have some celebration of it before his tenure ends, so there you go.
We didn’t get an invite (I’m sure it was just lost in the mail), but Benjamin Kabak from Second Ave Sagas was there, and gave a great overview of the extension, and how it fits into the greater city transit picture. DNAinfo also have their look at the ceremony.
The new station – scheduled to open around the middle of next year – is expected to be pretty major, buried deep beneath the area soon to be dominated by Hudson Yards, and finally brings a station west of 8th Ave. Unfortunately, the additional planned station at 41st & 10th was cut from the project some years ago, and we’re still a bit bitter. Hopefully one day they’ll circle back around to it. Or it’ll end up in Secaucus. Either way.