The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has opened the Line 3 Sutter Ave.-Rutland Rd. and Junius St. Subway Stations in Brooklyn after major rehabilitation work to improve the 100-year-old stations. The stations were closed in October 2016 for extensive repairs as part of an $88 million rehabilitation of seven elevated stations along the New Lots Ave. Line in Brooklyn.
“The MTA Capital Program sets aside $14.5 billion for Subway improvements over the next few years, including $4 billion for stations, $4.5 billion for signals and track work, and $1.7 billion for new cars,” stated Ronnie Hakim, MTA interim executive director. “These long-term initiatives, together with our Six-Point Plan for immediate improvements and Governor Cuomo's million-dollar Genius Challenge, demonstrate massive resources and efforts focused right now on fixing and modernizing New York City’s century-old Subway system.”
The platforms at both stations were rehabilitated, with platform windscreens, guardrails, concrete panels, and light poles bring improved. Mezzanine infrastructure was also improved, with exterior and interior walls, windows, doors, and floor surfaces being replaced. New tactile warning strips at platform’s edge, upgraded water drainage, new lighting, and newly painted surfaces were also part of the project.
New York City Transit Acting President Darryl Irick remarked, “The Sutter Ave.-Rutland Rd. and Junius St. stations are on elevated tracks and have open-air platforms that have been exposed to the weather every day, every hour, for nearly 100 years. With these station renewals, you’re seeing our capital program dollars at work bringing seven stations that originally opened in the 1920s to a state of good repair. Our customers who endured the inconvenience of these stations’ temporary closing will now reap the benefits of that work, with newly rehabilitated stations and the return of 3 train service to Sutter-Rutland and Junius.”
The other stations that will be rehabilitated in the project are Saratoga Ave.; Rockaway Ave.; Pennsylvania Ave.; Van Siclen Ave.; and New Lots Ave.