MTA to reopen Nostrand Avenue subway entrances
by Benjamin Fang
Feb 12, 2020 | 1315 views | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The MTA announced last Thursday that it will begin construction to reopen the Bedford Avenue entrances to the Nostrand Avenue subway station on the border of Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, officials said.

The Bedford Avenue entrances will provide straphangers a direct connection to the northbound B44 Select Bus Service (SBS), and will reduce crowding at the station.

The revamped entrances will also provide a free in-station transfer between northbound and southbound platforms, and better connect the station to Arlington Place.

“Reopening these entrances will increase the capacity of a station where we’ve seen ridership grow by 15 percent in the past decade,” said Sally Librera, senior vice president of subways for MTA New York City Transit, in a statement. “This is the latest in a series of long-closed entrances that we have recently been able to reopen.”

The Nostrand Avenue station, which serves the A and C trains, is the 79th busiest station in the system, according to the MTA. Turnstiles have recorded approximately 17,500 customers entering each weekday.

The Bedford Avenue entrances were closed more than three decades ago “during a period of concern about crime,” according to the MTA.

Inside the station, construction crews will scrape and repaint areas of the station, repair and replace tiles, rehabilitate stairways, and install lighting and turnstiles.

On the sidewalk above, workers will install the entrances in accordance with NYCT design standards, according to the MTA.

The project is expected to cost $2 million, of which $1.25 million will come from MTA NYCT. Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright is allocating $500,000 to the project, and another $250,000 is coming from outgoing State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.

“We are certain that this will improve the daily experience of subway users, as well as enhance safety,” Wright said in a statement.

“This reopening has been a long time coming,” Montgomery added. “The remaining entrances at the Nostrand Avenue station have become severely overcrowded and impossible to navigate during rush hours.”

The announcement came just one week after the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) reopened a renovated station at Nostrand Avenue. The two-track elevated station has ADA-accessible elevators, platform canopies, tactile warning strips on the platforms, and a new art glass installation created by a local artist.

According to the LIRR, that project, which began construction in 2017, cost just north of $28 million.

The station was first built in 1977 and serves about 1,217 weekday riders. As part of the City Zone Branch, the station provides riders with access to Jamaica Station going east, and Atlantic Terminal to the west.

“The LIRR is laser-focused on making our system fully accessible, and Nostrand Avenue is the latest example of how we’re getting it done,” said LIRR President Phillip Eng.

Out of the LIRR’s 124 stations, 106 of them are now accessible, including Nostrand Avenue. Two more stations, Murray Hill and Floral Park in Queens, will soon add elevators.

Other upgrades at the station include digital information displays to communicate train departures and connections. MTA Help Points will be installed in the spring, which will allow commuters to get in touch with LIRR staff via an interactive device.

“As New York continues to make progress in becoming a more inclusive city, we must be investing in making public services more accessible,” Councilman Robert Cornegy said in a statement. “I commend the MTA, New York State and all players involved in improving the LIRR Nostrand Avenue station, something that will greatly benefit my constituents and district.”
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