Though plans for what will happen at the West Side railyards are still up in the air, the MTA is still trying to move ahead with extending the 7 line. However, the state's Capital Review Board is looking at the 7 extension plan, and they have the power to vote against it...though it's unclear what their voting against a 7 extension would do, since the $2 billion project is funded by the city. Or, at least that's what the MTA thinks:

"They don't have jurisdiction over it," MTA spokesman Tom Kelly said. "If the city provides us with the funds, we will build the No. 7 line extension."

Even Silver seemed to concede the point yesterday, telling the Daily News: "Some people think they have to send the 7 line to the capital review board regardless of the fact that the city will pay for it. I'm not one of them."

A Silver spokesman seemed to back-pedal later, contending that the extension's financing is not completely clear. Silver's main concern is that development incentives in Bloomberg's plan for the West Side will hamper efforts to revitalize downtown and the Ground Zero area, which is in the speaker's district.

Lord, at this rate, the 7 line will stay the way it is...unless whoever develops the railyards decides to underwrite the MTA's plans. Gothamist wonders how often the MTA dreams of at least part-privatization.

Read about the MTA's plans for the 7 line extension.