Lhota: The 7 train to Secaucus is arriving never

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This morning, M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota told business leaders assembled at the New York Building Congress breakfast that a 7-train extension to Secaucus isn't going to happen anytime soon. WNYC reports:

MTA chairman Joe Lhota said a proposed extension of the No. 7 train subway line from Manhattan to New Jersey is "not going to happen in our lifetime. It's not going to happen in anybody's lifetime."

Construction of the 7 train extension to the far west side has gone far better than most big-ticket infrastructure projects, and transportation types had harbored hopes, bolstered by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of extending the train under the Hudson River to Secaucus, N.J., and thereby replace to some extent the ARC project nixed by Governor Chris Christie.

Lhota says it doesn't seem likely.

"I've told the mayor this, I can't see that happening in our lifetime," Lhota said.

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Asked about Lhota's remarks at his press conference this morning, the mayor said, "Listen, I have great respect for Joe Lhota and he’s a realist. I don’t know, we can keep trying. It would be great if it happened. I think having more tunnels over to New Jersey will help both New Jersey and New York City, if people are going to go back and forth."

“Getting the ways that people come in and out of the city with mass transit is obviously the way to go, and I’m sure what Joe is referring to is it’s very hard to see the funding for that come right now," he added. "If somebody could provide the funding, I can tell you, Joe Lhota can build it.”