In October of 2007, the Metropolitan Transit Authority began awarding contracts
for an extension of the IRT Flushing Line (#7 Train) from its existing terminus at
Times Square under 41st Street (which opened in 1917) to an new station here on Eleventh
Avenue at 34th Street across from the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The two-track
extension will run through a new 7,000-foot deep-bored tunnel under 41st
Street that turns south and runs under Eleventh Avenue. While there is interest in building
a station at 41st Street and Eleventh Avenue to service the burgeoning crop of
luxury development on the far west side of Hell's Kitchen, as of this writing,
the city (suffering from chronic financial difficulties) hasn't come up with the money
to build the station. The tunnel will actually continue south to 23rd street to provide
train storage, leaving the possibility of later extension further south into Chelsea and
the Chelsea Piers recreational area.
While the extension was originally part of an ill-fated 2005 proposal to build an
athletic stadium over the LIRR Hudson Yards and host the 2012 Olympic Games, interest
in the extension remained to help promote development in the vestigial industrial and
warehouse areas of the far west side.