MTA Board Approves Subway Initiatives

The Board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved measures to improve subway service. The measures include a contract to shorten the 2019 Canarsie Tunnel closure by 3 months starting in April 2019, begin the next phase of the 2nd Avenue Subway, and enhance train stations in Queens. These contracts are part of a plan to overhaul more than 30 stations in the system for the 2015-19 Capital Program.

“Today’s votes will bring convenience and better service to the millions of New Yorkers who use our system every day,” said Ronnie Hakim, MTA interim executive director. “Improvements include modernized train stations in Astoria and a shorter closure of the Canarsie Tunnel, which will lessen the impact on “L” train riders as we undertake these necessary Sandy storm repairs.”

The Board has voted to award an expedited contract to accelerate the rehabilitation of the Canarsie Tunnel by three months. The contract calls for improvements to two stations and a new substation that will add power to allow more trains to run on the “L” Line once the tunnel reopens. The joint venture for the $492 million project was given to Judlau Contracting and TC Electric.

The MTA Board has also voted to award a $7.3 million contract to East Harlem Community Collaborators JV, a joint venture of Spectrum Personal Communications and Sam Schwartz Engineering DPC, for outreach services for the next phase of the 2nd Avenue Subway project. This project will advance the subway north to 125th Street and will feature new stations at 106th and 116th Streets.

The MTA Board has also awarded a $150 million contract for station enhancements on the second set of elevated stations, located on the Astoria Line (N&W) in Queens, including the Broadway, 30th Avenue, 36th Avenue, and 39th Avenue stations.

The station enhancements include:

  • Improved lighting;
  • Improved signage;
  • Amenities - such as countdown clocks, granite floors on the mezzanine level, new art, and security cameras; and
  • Renovations, which will consider the architectural legacy of each station.