The funding for the 7 line extension is in place, and now the MTA is moving forward with plans to extend the line further west in Manhattan.
At yesterday's MTA board meeting, transit officials approved a $1.1 billion contract to extend the 7 line to 11th Avenue. The MTA expects to break ground on the project by the end of the year.
The extension will add one new 7 line station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue near the Javits Center. Plans to partially build a second station at 41st Street and 10th Avenue were scrapped because of cost concerns.
But, if the city and agency can come up with $450 million in the next nine months, there is an option to add the 10th Avenue station back into the contract.
The 7 line extension is scheduled to be ready for 2014.
Meanwhile, New York City Transit announced Wednesday that it is beefing up its fleet of hybrid buses.
The agency said 850 more buses will be added in the next two years. NYC Transit already has almost 550 environmentally friendly buses in service.
Hybrids get better fuel economy than those with gas engines and the exhaust is less harmful to the environment.
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