A new subway station may be making its way to Hell’s Kitchen if plans get approved by NY officials.
Over a decade ago there were plans to build a new 7 train subway station in Hell’s Kitchen at 10th Avenue and 41st Street, but plans were eventually scrapped in order to save costs. However, during a recent rally and press conference city leaders called to revive the previously abandoned plans.
Congressman Jerry Nadler, City Council Member Erik Bottcher, and State Senator Brad Hoylman called for the plans to be revived by the MTA stating more access to public transportation is needed due to the neighborhood’s 30% population increase within the last decade.
This project was listed in the MTA’s 20-Year Needs Assessment which strategizes which investments should be made to rebuild and improve the current system as well as expanding the transit network overall. The Interborough Express, a future train line that will connect Brooklyn and Queens, is also part of this assessment.
At the rally, Rep. Jerry Nadler referred to the city’s decision to scrap the plans as a “monumental failure,” and in an interview with Thrillist Erik Bottcher reiterated the need for this station, stating, “We should be ashamed that Paris and London are building multiple trains station in a short amount of time and we’re standing in front of an unbuilt train station that should have been built a decade ago.”
The new station will be considered as part of the MTA’s 2025–2044 20-Year Needs Assessment, which runs through October of next year and includes a number of other project proposals. As residential buildings continue to be constructed in the area, city officials say the need for the new station will only grow, and though we’re not sure when, we may eventually see the project actually come to fruition.