TRENTON – Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, (D-33), of Hoboken, likes the idea of New York’s No. 7 train extending to New Jersey and landing at Secaucus Junction. He just has one question: can it stop in Hoboken?
“I am excited by this idea, as are many residents of Hudson County,” Ramos wrote in a letter to N.J. Transit Executive Director James Weinstein. “As you know, many neighborhoods in Hudson continue to populate with commuters who travel to and from New York City on a daily basis…Consequently, I write to express my interest in the prospect of a station in Hoboken at which the No. 7 would stop.”
The Port Authority PATH train already has a stop in Hoboken, but the No. 7 would give mile-square city residents another form of access.
“Ridership at the Hoboken PATH station is extremely high and it is my contention that a stop for the No. 7 train in Hoboken would be a success for both commuters and public transportation entities,” Ramos wrote. “I look forward to further discussion with you about this important matter.”
The development of the No. 7 train extension has been talked about since Gov. Chris Christie put the kibosh on the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) trans-Hudson rail tunnel because cost overruns were mounting in New Jersey’s lap.
The idea is gaining bipartisan support, too. State Sen. Joe Pennacchio, (R-26), of Montvale, said Wednesday, “While the ARC tunnel would have sent riders to a new station deep under Macy’s basement that connected to nothing else, train riders connecting to the No. 7 line at Secaucus Junction would immediately be tied into the whole New York City subway system. This makes practical sense for New Jersey commuters in a way that the ARC tunnel never did.”
The New York Post reported the New Jersey extension could be built for less than $10 billion, with costs split evenly between New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the State of New Jersey.
Pennacchio said that split is much fairer than the ARC deal, which was running as much as $5 billion over cost to be paid for by New Jersey.
“At the time, naysayers trashed the Governor,” Pennacchio said. “If the extension of the No. 7 line to Secaucus Junction comes to fruition, commuters will have more rail seats to get to work at a savings of billions of dollars to New Jersey taxpayers.”