Extend the 7-Train to New Jersey? Not Such a Long Shot
With the promise of accommodating an extra 128,000 commuters a day, a city-commissioned report issued this week has found that the extension of the 7 train into New Jersey, first championed by Mayor Bloomberg in late 2011, is "physically and operationally feasible," reports Dana Rubinstein.
"'The lack of new transit investment is creating a serious and urgent threat to New York City’s economic competitiveness,' said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a statement issued this morning along with the study. 'Extending the 7 train to Secaucus is a promising potential solution—it would leverage existing investments and be compatible with other proposed projects—and is deserving of serious consideration.'"
"The report doesn't include any cost estimates," notes Rubinstein, "Those will have to await the next step in the project's planning: an advanced feasibility study conducted in cooordination [sic] with the federal government."