This month, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is starting modernization work on the first group of stations as part of the ongoing Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI).
The R line stations of Prospect Av, Bay Ridge Av and 53 St will close in both directions for renovations using a single-contractor design-build method. The $72.1 million contract was awarded to Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture in late 2016. Stations will be closed for construction for six months each.
“These first three stations to be renovated represent the start of a new age for our subway system,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim. “By using the design-build method, we are putting the onus on one contractor to get the work done seamlessly and on time. The emphasis is on giving them complete access to the stations and the ability to get in, get done and get out as quickly as possible.”
”We specifically sought out companies that have worldwide experience with building infrastructure and transportation projects, and we expect them to put the best industry practices to use here,” added Hakim.
These three stations on the R line opened in 1915 and will require major demolition work before renovations can begin. The renovations include infrastructure work such as concrete and steel repairs, new platform edges, waterproofing, upgraded electrical and communications systems, track wall and platform wall repairs, new granite flooring, new stair finishes, glass barriers in station mezzanines, new LED lighting, and improved station signage.
Also included in the modernization project are security cameras, digital screens for real-time arrival information, and electronics charging stations.
The MTA expects to soon issue an RFP for the second group of stations that include the Broadway, 30 Av, 36 Av, and 39 Av stations on the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd line in Queens.