10th Avenue (IRT Flushing Line)
no regular service
|Planned New York City Subway rapid transit station|
|Address||41st Street & 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
|Line||IRT Flushing Line|
|Services||no regular service|
|Next north||Times Square: future|
|Next south||34th Street – Hudson Yards: future|
10th Avenue is a proposed station, first planned as part of the 7 Subway Extension for the IRT Flushing Line (7 <7> trains) of the New York City Subway. It would be at 10th Avenue and 41st Street and 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. Various neighboring projects proposed from 2009 to present have included completion of the station.
It was originally planned to be constructed as part of the 7 Subway Extension but the station's construction was dropped in 2007. The station would originally have had two exits from the northbound platform to 40th Street—one at Hudson Boulevard and one east of 10th Avenue—and one from the southbound platform to 42nd Street east of 10th Avenue.
A $450 million option to build a shell for the station was included as part of the October 2007 contract, requiring 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, should the City of New York and the MTA come to terms on the additional financing for the station shell. In February 2009, the MTA announced that it would build the station if the agency received sufficient funds from the federal economic stimulus package. Otherwise, the station would be cut to keep costs under budget, as the 7 Subway Extension was already costing $2.4 billion.
Developers and local residents created a petition to construct the shell, fearing that the opportunity for a station would be lost once tunnel excavation was 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 were funding eventually found. The planned entrances would still be located two blocks apart due to the location's depth—with the westbound entrance on 42nd Street and the eastbound entrance on 40th Street—but the new plan only called for one exit in each direction.
In January 2016, the New York City Economic Development Corporation released a request for proposal (RFP) for a site of a proposed development at 41st Street and Tenth Avenue. As part of that RFP, a study into the station's feasibility was to be conducted. The new station is projected to cost $1 billion, an increase from the previous estimate of $500 million. The new station could provide better access to a new Port Authority Bus Terminal if a connection was provided.
Construction of the line proceeded to its completion in 2014 without the station or its shell, which would have been between the Times Square and 34th Street – Hudson Yards stations. The only evidence of the station's planned existence is the flattening out of the tunnel walls near where the station would have been. Building the "previously deferred No. 7 station at 10th Avenue" was a "key design element" of the proposed extension of the 7 service to Secaucus, New Jersey, but plans for that extension were later abandoned.
Construction of the station was planned as part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, and construction may occur as demand in the area grows. As of October 2007[update], 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. Construction of the station will cost at least $450 million.
In the Port Authority's 2016 design competition for a replacement Port Authority Bus Terminal west of Times Square, most of the announced finalists included the construction of, and direct access into, the Tenth Avenue station in their design plans.
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