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Port Authority to Analyze 7 Train Extension Into New Jersey

Feb. 28, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that a longtime idea to extend the 7 train across the Hudson River will be one of several items on the table as part of a long-term study the agency is commissioning.

The agency is working with the MTA, New York City Transit, and New Jersey Transit to consider the myriad ways rapid transit can be expanded across the Hudson River, according to the New York Times. One of those ways, according to Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director, will include extending the 7 line.

“The challenge is, looking forward, to increase the capacity of commuters to get to and from residences in New Jersey,” Cotton said at a recent event, according to AM New York. “It could be the extension of the 7 line, could be other alternatives in terms of how do you continue looking at a 2040-type time frame that, by then, you’ve significantly increased the ability to move passengers across the Hudson.”

The Port Authority has already received several bids from companies looking to take on the 18-month study after the agency released a request for proposals earlier this month. The deadline to submit proposals closed two days ago.

The idea to bring the 7 line to New Jersey gained some momentum in 2010, and was pushed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but has been dormant ever since.

An MTA spokesperson declined to discuss the study with the Times, but said it is looking forward to discussing long-term options for trans-Hudson transportation.

The PATH train system is the single rapid transit system crossing the Hudson River now, operated by the Port Authority. The system, like the NYC Subway system, is also plagued by overcrowding.

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Mr g

why is NewYork always coming to fix New Jersey’s problems? we pay taxes here and the MTA should focus on fixing the very poor service thatprovides to New Yorkers in the boroughs.




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Anonymous

So many angry comments. You need to realize that for NY to remain competitive and modern, these ideas need to be considered or explored and yes into Eastern Queens and the other side into Jersey. We need investment And stabilizing and modernizing the system, its multitasking that the city state n feds need to get on, quick. Lets see what gets done w this Governor and President for NYCs transit future




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berniem

Nice idea — BUT we desperately need more reliability and capacity on the NY side.




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Ed Babcock

How? The existing Hudson River tunnels are over capacity and rotting away. Remember it only took 1 year to build the Empire State Bldg. W can’t even get one subway station upgraded partially in 6 months. Talk is cheap, I guess. Talk is all we’re going to get!




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SuperWittySmitty

Our subway is drastically better than it was 20 years ago. It took 13 years to build the White House and 252 years to build the York Minster Cathedral, as long as we’re sharing irrelevant information.




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Anonymous

So they want to DOOM the people of Eastern Queens to the LIRR and the EXPRESS BUS with the HIGHER FARES.




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Paul Elliott

How can you think about expanding when the System is falling apart, you don’t see people putting an extension on there house when it is falling apart , they fix it first ,




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Flushing Skeptic

I believe it would make more sense to extend the #7 line eastward to the city line, thus giving the residents of eastern Queens a better way to commute.




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Anonymous

The 7 train cant even get into the city!!!! It shouldnt have to take me 40 mins from 46st to Vernon Blvd!! Extending it only means a bigger headache!!!




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Anonymous

Why don’t they flipping fix the what we have first?!!! No trains run, nothing is on time, but please by all means, look at extending the 7. This organization is a complete joke.




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rtfmidtown

after all those new buildings open up in queernsboro plaza we’ll have plenty of room for those jersey people! can i have a glass of what the MTA is drinking..!!! all aboard!!!




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