10th Avenue (IRT Flushing Line)

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Coordinates: 40°45′32″N 73°59′46″W / 40.759°N 73.996°W / 40.759; -73.996 10th Avenue is a proposed station, which was first planned as part of the 7 Subway Extension for the IRT Flushing Line (7 <7> trains) of the New York City Subway.[1] It would have two tracks and two side platforms if built. Under the last plan, there would be one street-level entrance for each direction, and no crossovers or crossunders to allow free transfer between directions. The station could be completed if funding became available to build it.

History[edit]

It was originally part of the 7 Subway Extension but the station's construction was dropped in 2007. [2] However, construction of the station is planned as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, and construction will eventually occur as demand in the area grows.[3] As of October 2007, the city has no plans to fund the station; however, it can still be built if $550 million is raised privately to build the station.[3]

A $450 million option to build a shell for the station was included as part of the October 2007 contract, and required action by the city within nine months to have a shell built as part of the initial contract. Reports in late December 2007 indicated that the postponed station might be partially built if the City of New York and the MTA can come to terms on the additional financing for the station shell.[4] In February 2009, the MTA announced that it would build the station if the agency received sufficient funds from the federal economic stimulus package.[5] Developers and local residents have formed a petition to construct the shell, fearing that the opportunity to construct the station could be lost after the tunnel excavation is completed. In June 2010, the city announced it was seeking funding to assess the feasibility of constructing the station at a later date using a two-platform, two-entrance model without an underground connecting passage. This type of station, while common in Manhattan, is not considered ideal by the MTA but would nonetheless be acceptable if funding were eventually found. The planned entrances, however, would be located two blocks apart due to the location's depth: the westbound entrance on 42nd Street and the eastbound entrance on 40th Street.[6][7][8][9][10]

In June 2010, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that he hoped that the station would be built in the future, with several others saying that building it would be "still possible".[11][10]

Construction of the line proceeded without the station (or its shell), whose next stations to the north and south would have been Times Square and 34th Street, respectively. The only evidence of the station's planned existence is the flattening out of the tunnel walls near where the station would have been.[12][13] Building the "previously deferred No. 7 station at 10th Avenue" is a "key design element" of the proposed extension of the 7 service to Secaucus, New Jersey.[14]

Alternatives[edit]

Construction of the station, which is still being planned by the MTA between 2015 and 2034, will cost at least $450 million.[15][16]

On May 14, 2014, it was announced that New York Water Taxi service between Lower Manhattan and 41st Street would replace service to the former station site.[17][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saul, Michael Howard (30 June 2010). "New Hope for Tenth Avenue Station on the No. 7 Subway Extension". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Neuman, William (19 September 2008). "No. 7 Extension Won’t Include 10th Ave. Station". Newspaper. The New York Times. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "No. 7 Subway Extension - Hudson Yards Development Corporation". Hydc.org. 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ Naanes, Marlene (December 20, 2007). "7 Line Extension May Get 41st Street Stop". amNewYork. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kabak, Benjamin (February 2, 2009). "Will the Stimulus Save 7 Extension Stop?". Second Ave. Sagas. Retrieved February 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ Agovino, Theresa (February 16, 2010). "Outcry Emerges for 41st St. Stop on New 7-Line". Crain's New York Business. Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ Urban, Jill (April 2, 2010). "West Side Developers Fight For 7 Line Extension". NY1. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "City Officials Seek Federal Assistance For 7 Subway Extension". NY1. April 27, 2010. Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ "City Considering 10th Avenue Stop For 7 Train". NY1. June 10, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Mayor Applies For Funds To Redesign 7 Train Extension". NY1. June 30, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ Saul, Michael H. (June 30, 2014). "New Hope for Tenth Avenue Station on the No. 7 Subway Extension". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ MTA.info—Video Release: Mayor Bloomberg Rides First 7 Train to 34 St - 12/20/2013 on YouTube. Retrieved May 27, 2014. (The tunnel wall flattens out between approximately 2:58 and 3:11 into the video.)
  13. ^ Video inside the 7 extension Second Avenue Sagas.com
  14. ^ Parsons Brinkerhoff (April 2013) (PDF). No 7 Secaucus Extension Feasibility Analysis Final Report (Report). NYCEDC. p. 1. http://www.nycedc.com/sites/default/files/filemanager/Resources/Studies/No_7_Secaucus_Extension_Final_Report_April_2013.pdf. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  15. ^ Smith, Stephen J. (2013-10-02). "The Next 20 Years for New York’s MTA – Next City". Nextcity.org. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  16. ^ http://web.mta.info/mta/news/books/docs/TYNA-Consolidated.pdf
  17. ^ Kabak, Benjamin (May 14, 2014). "A brief thought on ferry service and 41st St.". Second Avenue Sagas. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Harshbarger, Rebecca (May 13, 2014). "Manhattan gets first commuter ferry stopping along Hudson". New York Post. Retrieved May 14, 2014.