Update (11:47 a.m. Thursday): The long-awaited transfer between the 7 at Court House Square and the G at Court Square in Long Island City is one of those MTA projects that just can’t finish up on time or, seemingly, at all. Initially due for an early 2010 completion, the MTA’s own board materials released in November said the project would open in January of this year while a New York 1 report in December promised a February opening. As February goes zooming past, though, the entrance has shown no signs of opening any time soon, and straphangers are growing antsy.
Today, a source who has been in contact with the line manager of the 7 train informs me that the MTA is now anticipating a “mid-March” opening date. John Hoban, the line manager, says the the work at Court House Square is under the auspicies of a contractor working for Citibank, and the work has yet to be completed. While many who are waiting for the transfer have noted that the staircase appears ready, the MTA and Citibank apparently cannot, due to ADA requirements, open the stairway until the elevators and escalators are ready for service.
The MTA tells me that “quirks” with the testing of the escalators is the primary motivation behind this delay, and they anticipate adhering to the mid-March opening. In the meantime, Queens commuters will just keep waiting for a convenient transfer that never wants to be ready for use.