Great news for anyone who commutes from NJ to NYC: the city is thinking about extending the number 7 train right to Secaucus, New Jersey, meaning a ride from Midtown would be just about 16 minutes. The current mode of transportation that many NJers employ to get into Manhattan, the Path train, is less than ideal and the other option, buses out of Port Authority, isn’t much better. For New Jersey residents, the hassle of living over yonder while making a living in a New York office can prove to be a tiring experience, but the possibility of a 7 train line extension could mean a world of difference.
According to a recently released study, adding a 7 train line extension across the Hudson can accommodate an extra 128,000 commuters a day. With the demand for mass transit between New Jersey and Manhattan increasing (it’s expected to balloon by 38 percent by 2030), the need for another way to get daily commuters in and out of the city isn’t about convenience, it’s about necessity.
“It’s been a century since there was a new rail tunnel under the Hudson, and demand for travel between New Jersey and Manhattan is growing rapidly and quickly exceeding the capacity of existing transit infrastructure,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Wednesday morning, through a spokeswoman, according to the Wall Street Journal. “The lack of new transit investment is creating a serious and urgent threat to New York City’s economic competitiveness.”
Though there’s no definitive financial plan for how much the project would cost, the idea here is that in a bi-state partnership and with federal and city funding underwriting the project, the tunnel would extend the number 7 train service through Midtown, cross the river and connect with the existing Frank R. Lautenberg Station in Secaucus. Subsequently, the move would call for improvements to Grand Central, Time Square and Bryant Park where the 7 train is already servicing passengers.
Via Capital New York