The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is once again examining the feasibility of extending the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, according to a report in the New York Times.
Nearly a decade ago, the Michael Bloomberg administration in New York City considered a plan to extend the subway line to connect to Secaucus Junction. However, the plan was nixed by then Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota, who said it was “not going to happen in anybody’s lifetime.”
But current Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director Rick Cotton has taken on the momentous task of overhauling the area’s public transportation. Under his direction, the agency has commissioned a long-term study to explore the expansion of rapid transit across the Hudson River.
The subway extension would possibly be pursued even if the Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson was built. The tunnel, with an exterminated cost of $30 billion, has thusfar failed to secure any federal funding.