Though Bloomberg previously scrapped a plan for a 7 station at 41st and 10th Avenue after extension costs became too high, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Real Estate Board members will meet with VP Joe Biden tomorrow to ask for federal funding for the project. The extension from Times Square to the Javits Center is already costing the city $2 billion, and they estimate the 41st Street station would cost an extra $500 million. REB president Steve Spinola says not building the station would be a "terrible, terrible mistake."
Currently the extension calls for two new stations: one at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the other at the Javits Center. But Quinn and the REB believe a 41st Street station would make Hell's Kitchen a more desirable place to live; especially because the 7 train is known for its reliability. This may be their last chance, as the city won't put another dollar towards the project. Spokesman for the mayor Andrew Brent said, "A 10th Avenue station would be nice, but the MTA and state budget problems are well-known, and the city is in no position to step in to pay for that, too."