The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for four reimagined Manhattan stations, including 163 St., Cathedral Parkway; 86 St.; and 72 St.
“These four stations are part of an initiative that represents a fundamental transformation for how the MTA does business, and deals with its customers,” said Ronnie Hakim, MTA interim executive director. “Rather than doing a few component repairs, and stretching the work out over nights and weekends, we are taking a new top to bottom approach, renovating stations to bring customers a dramatically enhanced experience, and providing them with the tools they need for a better commute.”
“This includes countdown clocks, Wi-Fi, USB ports, more intuitive way-finding, and better lighting,” added Hakim. “We are also embracing more rapid time frames, using temporary station closures to enable our contractors to get in, get the work done fast, and get out as quickly as possible."
The request will cover station enhancements such as:
- improved signage and informational totems;
- improved cellular connectivity, USB ports, Wi-Fi and security cameras;
- new LED light fixtures throughout the stations and LED handrails at entrances;
- new canopy at street level at the 110 St. Station; and
- new tactile warning strip at platform edges.
The renovations will also consider the architectural legacy of each station, and remain sensitive to historical elements as the stations undergo redesign. In addition to the new amenities, the top-to-bottom renovation will also involve state of good repair renewals of concrete, steel, waterproofing, paint and repair of existing entrance railings and refurbished stairs.
The announcement follows the work on several stations in the MTA’s Station Design Plan, which undertakes extensive renovations at 33 stations on subway lines across the city.