July 2011

Consultant Achievements: NYC No. 7 Line Subway

by METRO Staff

Construction of a shaft in connection with the extension of New York City's No. 7 line subway, which is being extended 1.5 miles from Times Square to the far west side of Manhattan. (Photo by David Sailors. Courtesy of Parsons Brinckerhoff.)

Construction of a shaft in connection with the extension of New York City's No. 7 line subway, which is being extended 1.5 miles from Times Square to the far west side of Manhattan. (Photo by David Sailors. Courtesy of Parsons Brinckerhoff.)

Parsons Brinckerhoff
Head Executive: George J. Pierson, President/CEO
Headquarters: New York City
Employees: 14,000 (worldwide)
Website: www.pbworld.com

New York City's No. 7 line subway is being extended 1.5 miles from its current terminus at Times Square to a new terminal station at West 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, on Manhattan's far west side. The planned extension, being carried out by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is a key part of an initiative to transform the far west side of midtown Manhattan into a vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use district.

The extension of the No. 7 line will provide a connection to an expanded Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Hudson Yards area. Bounded by West 43rd Street on the north, Hudson River Park on the west, West 28th and West 30th streets on the south, and Seventh and Eighth avenues on the east, Hudson Yards offers the opportunity for public and private development that will be equivalent to the creation of a new mid-sized city within Manhattan.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is the permanent works designer of the No. 7 Line Extension, providing final design services to MTA Capital Construction and design support during construction. Prior to construction, Parsons Brinckerhoff had prepared alternative alignment studies, conceptual designs and an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the No. 7 Line Extension and Hudson Yards redevelopment. The EIS is believed to be the most extensive ever prepared for a project in New York City.

The $1.15 billion project recorded a major milestone in July 2010 with the on-time, on-budget completion of the excavation of the No. 7 line tunnels. At a ceremony marking the occasion, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "The extension of the No. 7 subway line, combined with our rezoning and our investment in world-class open space, will attract major private sector interest and transform the underutilized Hudson Yards into a vibrant neighborhood that will fuel New York City's economy."

The No. 7 line extension is proceeding within budget and is on schedule for final completion in December, 2013.

 


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