The New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US has opened the new 34 St-Hudson Yards 7 Subway Line Icon Station.
The new station introduces subway service to the far West Side of midtown Manhattan and it makes the 7 Subway Line Icon the only line south of 59th Street to provide service west of Ninth Avenue.
It also provides access to the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the High Line and the newly opened Hudson River Park.
The $2.42bn, 1.5-mile extension of the 7 Subway Line Icon Line to 34 St-11 Ave was funded by the City of New York, which contributed $2.1bn for the station and $266m for non-subway infrastructure, while $53m came from the MTA.
The new station is the first to be added to the subway system since MTA opened the Lexington Av-63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge stations in 1989.
On weekdays, the station is expected to serve more than 32,000 entries and exits, while it is designed to handle as many as 25,000 during peak hours.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said: "This station is the centrepiece of an ambitious plan to make the far West Side of Manhattan a top-tier destination for residents and visitors alike while meeting the daily needs of millions of subway riders, and one that is poised to meet future needs."
According to MTA, the new station is the first to comply with ADA requirements for persons with reduced mobility.
It includes two inclined lifts between the upper and lower mezzanine levels, each with capacity for five wheelchairs or 15 standing passengers.
The 34 St-Hudson Yards 7 Subway Line Icon Station also features the longest escalators on the New York Subway.
The station features 12 intercom points that allow customers to communicate with the station agent or the rail control centre in the case of an emergency.
Eight ‘On-the-Go’ touchscreens, and cellphone connectivity and Wi-Fi are to be installed in the near future, and countdown clocks are to accompany the installation of communications-based train control on the line, due in 2017.
Image: The 34 St-Hudson Yards 7 Subway Line Icon Station is New York City’s first new subway station in 25 years. Photo: courtesy of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.