And subway musicians who usually play on platforms were serenading members of the public in the brand new park built around the station’s entrance. We want to see the federal government step up.
The Bloomberg administration pumped $2.4 billion into the project, which encouraged development in the area, according to the New York Daily News.
But instead of sticking to celebratory pleasantries, the ceremony laid bare a simmering feud between Prendergast, who is appointed by Gov. Cuomo, and the de Blasio administration.
De Blasio, Prendergast and other officials headed underground for an inaugural ride on the new train.
“I think it’s very important we remember the facts”, he said.
“That’s been true over the decades, it’s true today and that is a fight we need to win if we’re gonna have more stations like this”, he said.
It is the 469th station in a subway system that carries greater than 5 million individuals a day. But while the station is new, the tension over how to fund the MTA’s Capital Program, which is short a few billion dollars, is not. After nearly eight years of construction, the station is expected to handle 35,000 riders each rush hour. The trip to Times Square took about three minutes and before a train back to Hudson Yards arrived, another one from Hudson Yards was in the station. When it came to the city-state tug-of-war over transportation funding, however, he chose to stay out of the fray. “Each side has a good argument”, he told reporters.