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MTA Line 7 Subway Renderingng2

The city-funded $2.42 billion, 1.5-mile extension of the 7 Line to 34 St-11 Av will open up a whole new world of accessibility for those looking to get to Manhattan’s far west side. Along with the new subway line, the first phase of the Hudson Park and Boulevard area also opened to the public. The project includes 2.5 acres of public green space between West 33rd and West 36th streets and 10th and 11th avenues.

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The subway extension and new park are part of a larger project that aims to revamp the formerly industrial Hudson Yards area into a vibrant mixed-used community. The project will include office, hotel and retail space, along with 20,000 apartments, 5,000 of which will be affordable housing.

Mayor de Blasio was also present to mark the opening of the 7 line’s extended passenger service. “This is a great day, years in the making. It’s an expression of this city’s capacity to do big things. The 7 train extension is going to anchor new growth and opportunity on the West Side, and will improve the commutes of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. And the new public space opening above is a tremendous addition to the cityscape. We are deeply appreciative of the contributions so many New Yorkers and organizations have made to this project, from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to the MTA, to Senator Schumer and our local elected officials.”

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