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No. 7 train extension may be delayed for months

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7 train Credit: A construction worker walks in a tunnel to the new subway station at 11th Ave. (Getty Images)

The extension of the No. 7 train to the Far West Side of Manhattan could be months behind schedule, the MTA official overseeing the project said Monday.

Problems have slowed down the project to extend the line to 34th Street and 11th Avenue from its current endpoint of Times Square, MTA capital construction president Michael Horodniceanu said during the agency's transit committee meeting Monday.

Although the MTA had previously promised that straphangers could ride to the new stop by December 2013, Horodniceanu said "there is a risk" riders won't be able to use it for an extra "two or three months."

The unspecified problems, Horodniceanu said, "pushed us a bit behind... We are working to try to resolve them." He said he wouldn't know the extent of the delays until next month.

The city is paying for the $2.1 billion subway extension, as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to improve business on the West Side. A spokesman for the mayor did not comment Monday night on the delay.

While Horodniceanu said trains would be delivered and running by the original deadline, they might only be doing tests. But he vowed, "The mayor will ride a train."

Horodniceanu added that the project is under budget by "tens of millions."

Follow reporter Marc Beja on Twitter: @marc_beja

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