City Hall is said to be considering a plan that would possibly extend the Number 7 subway train to New Jersey. NY1's Grant Greenberg filed the following report.
The mayor's office is floating a plan to extend the Number 7 train under the Hudson River as far as Secaucus, New Jersey with connections to New Jersey Transit, potentially easing congestion in the city and allowing tens of thousands of commuters to keep their cars at home.
To pay for it, the city would tap some of the federal money that would have gone towards a commuter rail tunnel. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pulled the plug on that project because of projected cost overruns.
While the idea is still in the very early stages, a spokesman for the city's Deputy Mayor for Economic Development says, "Like others, we’re looking at - and open to discussing - any creative, fiscally responsible alternatives. Extending the 7 line to New Jersey could address many of the region’s transportation capacity issues at a fraction of the original tunnel’s cost."
The plan is so new that New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast told NY1 Tuesday night he hadn't heard about it.
"The regional plan association, they've talked about that for years, but we have no comment on that, and it's something that from a standpoint of that's news to us," he said.
Since Governor Christie shelved the original tunnel plan, there's been no shortage of ideas about what to do with the federal transportation dollars.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has said she wants to use the funds for the Second Avenue Subway, while Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has suggested a high-speed rail link.
According to the New York Times, a Number 7 tunnel would cost $5.3 billion -- about half as much as the one Governor Christie vetoed.
Construction is already underway to extend the line to 34th Street and 11th Avenue.