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New York mayor, officials take first ride on 7 train extension

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials last week took the first ride on the 7 line extension, six years after workers started construction.

The $2.4 billion project, set to open next summer, is the first subway expansion project in more than six decades that is funded by the city. The extension of the 7 line is a key component of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, officials contend.

With the extension, the line will continue to a new terminus near 34th Street and 11th Avenue on Manhattan’s Far West Side. Currently, the 21-station line terminates at Times Square-42nd Street on the Manhattan end.

The “historic ride is yet another symbol of how New York City has become a place where big projects can get done,” Bloomberg said in a news release. “This project is the linchpin of an ambitious transit-oriented, mixed-use development that is already transforming Manhattan’s Far West Side, and it demonstrates our Administration’s commitment over the past 12 years to invest in infrastructure that will allow our city to grow for generations to come.”