On Sunday, September 13th, PCAC attended the opening of the 7 train extension at the new 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station; the system’s newest station in nearly 25 years. The station provides access to Manhattan’s rapidly growing West Side, with links to 18 subway lines. The ceremonial opening was attended by many, and included speeches by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Charles Schumer, and MTA Chief Executive Officer, Thomas F. Prendergast. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., the first train departed the 34th Street-Hudson Yard Station bound for Flushing-Main Street Terminal in Queens.
The 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station, with its beautiful mosaics, column-free platforms, incline elevators, and digital station displays, truly indicates a modern station to welcome thousands of riders everyday. What is really impressive, is the intricate planning that had to happen due to so much existing infrastructure. The station had to be built around the Lincoln Tunnel, and layers of cable, power, water, steam, and gas lines, making planning efforts extremely challenging.
During the first few days of service, riders traveled to the station to admire its grand and innovative architecture and simply to see something new and modern in our over century old subway system. The 34th Street-Hudson Yards Station is truly a modern marvel and will be extremely beneficial to the West Side and the City of New York.
Welcome to the 469th station!!
Photo: Courtesy of MTA