MTA Chairman Dismisses NY-NJ Subway Over Cost Concerns

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he hopes the city’s subway system will be extended to New Jersey “in somebody’s lifetime.”

Bloomberg was responding Tuesday to comments by the chief of the city’s subways, who said it simply would cost too much. Bloomberg’s administration pitched the concept of extending the No. 7 train to the Garden State in 2010.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota told business leaders he couldn’t see extending the system underneath the Hudson River, that the MTA would have to have yards in New Jersey and that there would be “pricing issues.”

He said passengers want the extension because “they think they’ll be able to get across the River in $2.20. Not a chance.”

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

“It’s not going to happen. Not in our lifetime. Not in anybody’s lifetime,” Lhota added.

Bloomberg admitted it was “hard to see” how extending the subway to Jersey could be funded.

A subway line running under the river could cost billions.

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  • john yessis

    Since when does some Johhny -come-lately have so much power?

    If he traveled via Path or Amtrak, or jersey transit, trans-hudson, he would clearly observe the need for another tunnel for commuters!

    How come so many for Long island?

    Mayor Mike & Gov Christie should get together on this needed upgrade!

  • ted

    Sounds like the MTA Chairman is offended that commuters would like a low cost alternative to getting across the river. I think his comment is misaligned and inappropriate. Also, in case this fine scholar at the MTA hasn’t noticed, commuters can already get across via the PATH for less than $2.20, however, the 7 would be more convenient for some. Instead responding in an unprofessional manner, the big chief could have just explained it isn’t economically feasible in the current environment – and left it at that. After all, nobody expects much from the MTA

  • Bullett

    I like Mayor Mike’s idea. If the number seven is not extended into N.J., then the PANY&NJ should consider a new rail extension of the PATH into this area. The rails are there, it’s just a matter of right-of-way agreement and modification to install the third rail. The end result will be less traffic volume and decrease of green house gasses. As a nation of progress, we have not progressed with transportation like the big cities in Europe, or Asia. We have a long, long way to go.

  • Staten Island

    They should have public transportation from Staten Island to New Jersey, especially to Newark Airport.

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