Extension of the 1 train from Rector Street in downtown Manhattan to Red Hook for $3.5 billion, as proposed in 2016 by Chris Ward of AECOM Engineering and now supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is wishful thinking.
Was this $3.5 billion figure written on the back of a napkin?
It cost $4.5 billion for Phase 1 of the Second Avenue subway and $2.4 billion for 7 train's Hudson Yards extension. Neither required a tunnel under the East River.
And the project calls for the construction of three new subway stations, which cost anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion, depending upon location and complexity of work.
Is there a political “quid pro quo” in the form of campaign donations between developers, contractors and unions who support this project and Cuomo?