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7 line extension complete, Hudson Yards station opens Sept. 13

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Aug. 28, 2015 By Michael Florio

The MTA has announced that it will be opening its highly-anticipated 34th Street/Hudson Yards stop on September 13.

The stop is about a mile from the Times Square-42nd Street station and is located at 34th Street and 11th Avenue.

The station has been built where the giant residential and commercial development–Hudson Yards–is going up.

“We want more people to be taking the train around that area, so that area can develop,” according to an MTA spokeswoman.

Despite the addition of a new stop, the MTA does not expect that it will lead to any additional congestion on the train.

“We believe the 7-line has the capacity [to handle the new riders],” said a MTA spokeswoman.

The MTA said that the new stop will not affect current service, and that the added ridership will not lead to delays.

However, State Senator Michael Gianaris said that the additional ridership may cause problems in western Queens.

Gianaris said western Queens is already in need of increased service. He said that the No. 7 train needs to run more frequently and that there are already too many delays.

“Anything that could cause more [riders] and make the trains more crowded is a concern,” Gianaris said.

However, Councilman Daniel Dromm, who represents Jackson Heights, said that the new stop is positive for the most part.

“I think it is really exciting. Anytime there are additions to the transit system it benefits all of New York City and especially commuters who use the line.”

“Having an extension farther west on the 7 line will bring people closer to events in that area of Manhattan,” Dromm said.

He said residents who work in that area will now have an easier commute.

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Kevin V

The biggest shame is that a passage tunnel was built into the project to allow customers to enter the Javits Center directly from the station but is currently cemented over and tiled because no one would pay for the turnstiles. Now customers have to schlep out exposed in the snow and rain across the street to enter the station. And you wonder why subway projects are so screwed up….

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Andy

Times Square-bound commuters: Better start paying attention to the train stops, or you may get a much longer commute than you bargained for. This will take some getting used to.

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