MTA New York City Transit announced last week that it will begin installing three new elevators and other accessibility features in the coming weeks. Those features include stairs, handrails, turnstiles, powered gates and signage in braille.
One elevator will link the southern end of the station with the sidewalk on the eastside of Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street. The other two elevators will provide access to the northbound and southbound platforms.
The station agent booth will be adjusted to a wheelchair user-friendly height, and sidewalk pedestrian ramps will be added.
“Accessibility is one of my top four priorities as part of the Fast Forward plan to modernize NYC Transit,” said NYCT President Andy Byford, “and I am very pleased to see how quickly the elevator project at Greenpoint Avenue has advanced in just a few months.”
Starting from 9:45 p.m. on Friday, November 30, to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 31, only northbound G trains will stop at Greenpoint Avenue.
The station will also be closed in both directions on weeknights between 9:45 p.m. and 5 a.m., and on weekends at all hours from Monday, December 3 to Monday, December 24.
More one-direction changes will be scheduled for March 2019, the MTA said.
According to New York City Transit, more than 9,400 weekday customers use the station and will be affected by the changes.
During closures, the MTA will operate free shuttle buses, either between Nassau Avenue and Court Square, or 21st Street-Queensbridge and Bedford-Nostrand Avenues.
Byford’s Fast Forward plan proposes adding, over five years, enough elevators to ensure that all subway riders will have an accessible station at least two stops away. In total, if fully realized, the MTA would make 180 stations ADA accessible over 10 years.
“We thank our customers for their patience while we install these elevators,” Byford said. “The final result will benefit everyone, from people who use wheelchairs to parents with strollers to anyone carrying anything heavy.”