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10th Ave Subway Station
NYC Department of City Planning
10th Ave Subway Station
A subway station at 10th Ave and 41st St was proposed as part of the 7 train extension from Times Square to Hudson Yards. However, to cut costs, the proposed 10th Ave Station was put on hold. This Participatory Budgeting proposal would direct the Department of City Planning (DCP) to continue the work that was paused 15 years ago and revisit the construction of the 10th Ave Station.
As the tunnel has already been built, the remaining capital investments needed include utility relocation, station buildout, construction of two new entrances, an ancillary building, and a connection to Port Authority. In total, the station is estimated to cost between $500 million and $1.5 billion.
As a first step, the DCP will produce a Feasibility Study and Alternatives Analysis, followed by a more in-depth Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in coordination with the State of New York. The EIS will center equitable development and detail measures to minimize residential, business, and institutional displacement.
In 2010, 45,884 people lived in Hell’s Kitchen. But by 2020, the population had exploded to 59,524 people, in addition to all those working in and visiting the area.
Despite being one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, the only subway stations that serve Hell’s Kitchen are on its eastern border (8th Ave) and southern border (34th St). This means that much of the neighborhood is a 10-minute walk from the nearest subway station, and some areas are over 20 minutes away.
Just a few minutes from the neighborhood’s geographic center, the new 10th Ave Station will allow Hell’s Kitchen residents to easily access any area of the city along the 7 line or one of its connections. This will provide them with additional job opportunities and allow for shorter, safer commutes.
Moreover, the station will benefit local businesses by drawing in more labor and consumers from other areas. Combined with the Port Authority renovations beginning here in 2024, this will spur a chain reaction of renewed interest in the area and community development projects.
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