MTA Opens Enhanced 53rd Street Subway Station

Enhanced 53 Street R Line Station. Photo: courtesy of MTA.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit has opened its enhanced 53rd Street R Line Station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The station was closed on March 27, 2017, giving the contractor the ability to complete the work in the shortest possible time frame. 

The station project included countdown clocks, enhanced LED lighting, WiFi connectivity, new digital displays, USB ports, an upgraded security system and new canopies at entrances. Other upgrades include wayfinding floor tiles for the visually impaired, new handrails, stair treads, wall tiles, granite flooring, and light rail fixtures. It also features a new mosaic art installation from Mickalene Thomas that juxtaposes textile patterns with the imagery of plants found in New York. 

"We got the job done quickly and efficiently. Our teams have worked day and night to complete work on this extensively renovated station in just a little over five months,” said Ronnie Hakim, MTA managing director. “As a result customers who use the station will now have a wide array of new tools to manage their commutes, including digital screens, countdown clocks located before the turnstiles and on the platforms, USB ports, and Wi-Fi connectivity. And this is just the beginning – we look forward to opening additional enhanced stations at locations across the city." 

The new station is the first of 33 subway stations to undergo renovations across the city. The MTA is undertaking component and renewal work at more than 170 other stations. 

"I'm pleased to see the 53rd Street R station reopen for the straphangers of Sunset Park,” stated Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Greater investment in our mass transit infrastructure is critically needed across our borough to advance the safety and reliability of service, and today's announcement is a step toward that larger imperative. It is additionally appreciated that this design enhancement campaign is kicking off in Brooklyn, a borough whose riders deserve some good news."