Monday, July 17, 2017

Nine MTA N Stations enter final phase of $395.7-million renovation

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Coney Island-bound platforms at seven Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) N stations in Brooklyn will close on July 31 for the final phase of a major $395.7-million renovation project.

The purpose of the renovation is to modernize these century-old stations and upgrade track infrastructure along the corridor. Two additional stations will be included in the renovation and will remain open during construction. The entire nine-station project is expected to be completed in late 2018.

The new stations, which serve a total of nearly 53,000 weekday customers, will get new accessibility-compliant platforms, brighter lighting, new stairs and new paint. Some platforms will have new canopies with architectural finishes, new windscreens or new glass fiber-reinforced concrete wall panels. When the renovation project is complete, every station will feature new artwork and two stations will be fully ADA accessible. Two ADA-compliant ramps will be added to the 8 Av station, and four elevators will be installed at the New Utrecht Av station to ease transfers between the D and N lines.

"The Sea Beach corridor opened over 100 years ago and needs to be brought into a state of good repair while adding new amenities and technology to improve our customers' experience," MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said. "When the work is finished at all nine stations and the tracks that connect them, our customers will see brighter, cleaner and safer stations and experience a smoother, more reliable ride, while our mobility impaired customers will be able to access that part of the Sea Beach line by using new ramps and new elevators."

For these stations, originally opened in 1915, renovations include improved platforms and overpasses, new stairways and handrails, repairs to canopies and columns, painting and the rehabilitation of historic head house station entrances and fare control areas, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communication systems which will create better travel conditions for customers. Work will also take place between stations with repairs to retaining walls along the right of way.

The renovation project was funded through the 2010-2014 MTA Capital Program.