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Two MTA 'Megaproject' Openings Delayed by Months

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It's not just train delays that can test the patience of straphangers and the MTA, but construction ones, too. Two so-called "megaprojects" aren't making the grade in on-time performance. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

So much for the Fulton Transit Center or the 7 train extension being ready this summer.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the two transit megaprojects—which at one point had been pegged to open this month—will instead remain under wraps a bit longer.

First, there is the $1.4 billion dollar Fulton Center, designed to better link 11 subway lines in Lower Manhattan—and which has been under construction for years.

"We're projecting in the next 60 to 90 days we're going to be opening the Fulton Center," says Uday Durg of MTA Capital Construction.

That's instead of June 26, as the MTA said just a few months ago.

With escalators and elevators still being tested and 65,000 square feet of retail area not yet ready to go, riders say they'll keep waiting on the grand opening.

"The improvement—I want to see the difference, because I remember what it was like before, as compared to what I think it's going to be like. Matter of fact, it's already looking better than it used to years ago," says one rider.

"There are a lot of tourists usually in this area. I think this will be a good place for them to browse and shop and get a feel for New York," another rider says.

That's not the only big job that's running behind.

Here at the future 34th Street/Hudson Yards stop on the 7 train, tests still have to be completed on the very deep station's escalators, elevators and ventilation systems.

Until then, the only ride New Yorkers will have seen taking place in here was the one then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg took last December.

"He took a trip with the train where the train functioned well and gave everyone the the impression that it would become operational shortly after his term of office ended," says Gene Russianoff of Straphangers Campaign.

MTA officials are now hoping the $2.4 billion city-funded expansion of the 7 can open by the end of the year. However, they're saying it could be as late as next spring.

Meanwhile, Russianoff says the MTA would gain riders' trust if it would complete more big construction projects on time.

"They won't get good grades with the public about these megaprojects," he says.

The MTA, though, is hoping riders forget the delays once the projects open.

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