Elevators coming to three Queens subway stations
The MTA board approved an amendment to the 2015-2019 capital plan to make 17 stations, including three in Queens, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant by installing elevators as well as redesigning stairwells and mezzanines to help the flow of people during busy hours.
About $200 million will go toward elevators and other ADA accessible improvements to the Astoria Boulevard station on N/W lines, Court Square to the G line and the Woodhaven Boulevard stop on the J line.
The Astoria Boulevard station will have four elevators installed with two rising from the street to the elevated mezzanine and two more taking riders from the mezzanine up to the platforms.
The station will be closed in February 2019 for nine months as reconstruction brings improvements to the station along with the elevators.
The 2015-2019 capital plan already includes $400 million to replace 69 existing elevators and escalators, though the MTA did not confirm before press time whether the escalator at the Woodside-61st Street station which has been closed for extended periods of time for repeated repairs in the past year would be included.
New York City Transit on Monday morning unveiled the long-awaited elevators at the Astoria Boulevard elevated subway station that serves the N and W lines.
Astoria Boulevard, opened in 1917, is the 117th station to be made accessible out of 472 under the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the 20th in Queens.
And while interim NYC Transit President Sarah Feinberg said in Astoria that the total would be up to 120 in the coming weeks, its far more ambitious plan of adding 70 in the next five years could be imperiled by billions of dollars’ worth of COVID-19-related financial losses — and great uncertainty over what Congress will do to help devastated mass transit systems across the country.
The R line station at 86th Street in Brooklyn is expected to become accessible this week, with two L train stations, Brooklyn’s Bedford Avenue and First Avenue in Manhattan, joining the roster in August.