MTA Completes 170th St Renovations

MTA Completes Renovations at 170 St 4 Station

Photo taken by Marc A. Hermann / MTA

Earlier today, MTA NYC Transit announced it had completed the station renovation at the 170th St subway station in the Bronx on the line. Here is the press release the agency asked me to share with my readers:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today unveiled three new elevators and two new staircases at the 170 St  subway station on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. The elevators allow the station to be accessible to all customers for the first time.

The station is the 14th to be made newly accessible in the past 22 months, the fastest rate of new station accessibility upgrades in MTA history.

“Everyone at the MTA shares a commitment to create the most inclusive transit system possible,” said Janno Lieber, Acting MTA Chair and CEO. “Accessibility projects will continue to be a top priority for all of us in the years ahead. We will push them to follow the example set by 170th Street, which was completed on budget and ahead of schedule.”

“Hastening the speed of accessibility upgrades holds costs down and enables the MTA to perform more upgrades more quickly,” said MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “We are using every tool at our disposal to make stations accessible, including setting in motion 26 new stations for accessibility upgrades at the end of last year.”

“This vital project will greatly benefit the Bronx community for years to come,” said NYC Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “An accessible station plus the addition of security cameras means a more reliable and safer transit system for all riders.”

“With every new ADA station, we can attract new subway and rail users, and close the geographic gaps between accessible stations on our subway map,” said MTA Chief Accessibility Officer Quemuel Arroyo. “These new elevators will improve the experience at this station for customers with mobility disabilities, and the countless riders who travel with luggage, strollers, bicycles and more.”

“New Yorkers deserve an accessible subway system, whether they are using a wheelchair to get around; traveling with a stroller; or carrying luggage,” said New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “We’re proud to support the MTA’s goals to make this station and many more fully accessible to all.”

“In planning for Jerome Avenue, we heard loud and clear that improved subway accessibility was sorely-needed. We’re proud to have collaborated with DOT, the MTA and Bronx residents to bring this new elevator to 170th Street, one that will make life easier for those with disabilities, seniors, parents with young children, and all New Yorkers,” said Department of City Planning Director Anita Laremont.

“One of the ways to both create and nurture a robust economy, especially as we try to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, is focusing on our borough’s infrastructure system and accessibility,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “The upgrades made at the 170th Street Station are key, particularly in helping our most vulnerable communities get the same access to public transportation as everyone else. A thriving city like ours requires upgrades on all forms of transportation, and the ADA improvements made in the 170th street station is a step in the right direction. That is why I was proud to play an instrumental role in this project during my time in the City Council to ensure ADA accessibility for the residents of the West Bronx , and as Borough President, I will continue to ensure our transit hubs receive the resources they need. I would like to thank the MTA for their dedication to this.”

“Improving the accessibility of our transportation system is vital, as it provides equal opportunity for everyone to effectively travel throughout the city,” said City Council Member Althea Stevens. “Everyone deserves to be able to travel throughout New York City safely and comfortably.”

At 170 St, crews built a new elevator that touches down at the southeast corner of 170th Street and Jerome Avenue, replacing what had been a stairway. From there, customers can ride to the mezzanine, where crews built two additional new elevators, one each between the mezzanine and the northbound and southbound platforms.

Crews also renovated two pre-existing stairways on the south side of 170th Street and built two new stairways north of 170th Street, allowing customers from the north to reach the station without having to cross the busy street for the first time.

Additional work at the 170 St station includes new lighting, repair of some platform and canopy areas to ensure ADA compliance, replacement of tactile strips, some sections of rubbing boards and installation of CCTV security cameras.

An installation by artist Dina Bursztyn features a series of faceted glass windscreens and windows using the unique vantage point offered from the elevated trains and platforms.

The most recent station accessibility upgrades have come in four boroughs. In the past year, accessibility upgrades have been completed at the Avenue H  station in Brooklyn, the 57 St  Station in Manhattan, the Gun Hill Rd  Station in the Bronx, and at Court Sq-23 St in Queens.

The 170 St station was built in 1916 by the Interboro Rapid Transit Corp.

The work on this project was performed under MTA supervision by Citnalta-TAP J.V., a joint venture of the Citnalta Construction Corp. of Bohemia, N.Y., and TAP Electric Contracting Services, Inc., of Holbrook, N.Y.  The elevators were manufactured by Hydraulics-Mongrain Vertical Transport and Elevator Doors & Elevator Cabs Inc and installed by Mid-American Elevator.

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I want to take this time & wish every single Transit Blogger reader a Happy New Year. I look forward to enjoying another year with all of you.

Have a safe & wonderful beginning to 2022 & may you have your best year ever!

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NYC Transit New Year’s Eve 2021 Service Info

The end of the year is nearly upon us & many will be riding the buses & subways to get where they need to go. The MTA asked me to share their New Year’s holiday service plan for NYC Transit buses & subways with my readers:

New York City Subway

Monday, Dec. 27 – Thursday, Dec. 30

Service will run on a normal schedule with some exceptions. Check real-time arrival information at MTA.info or MYmta to see how frequently trains are running at your station.

New Year’s Eve

On Friday, Dec. 31, subway service will run on a Saturday schedule with some exceptions:

•    Extra service will run on New Year’s Eve before and after the “ball drop” at Times Square on the (42 St Shuttle) lines.
•    Manhattan-bound trains will skip 167 St, 161 St-Yankee Stadium and 155 St from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday

New Year’s Day 

On Saturday, Jan. 1, subway service will run on a Saturday schedule with one exception:

•    Manhattan-bound trains will skip 167 St, 161 St-Yankee Stadium and 155 St.

Sunday, Jan. 2

Subway service will run on a Sunday schedule with some exceptions:

•    Manhattan-bound trains will skip 167 St, 161 St-Yankee Stadium and 155 St
•    No train service between Jay St-MetroTech and Bergen St
•    Northbound trains run between Jamaica-179 St to Euclid Av and run local in Brooklyn
•    Southbound trains run between Bedford/Nostrand   and Coney Island-Stillwell Av
•   trains run between 168 St and World Trade Center

New York City Buses 

Monday, Dec. 27 – Thursday, Dec. 30

Buses will run on a reduced weekday schedule with some exceptions. The following bus routes that normally have local and limited service will operate with only local service: M1, M4, Q4, Q5, Q17, Q27, Q36, Q43, Q46, Q83 and Q85.

New Year’s Eve

On Friday, Dec. 31, bus service will run on a reduced weekday schedule with some exceptions:
•    The following bus routes that normally have local and Limited service will operate with only local service:  M1, M4, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q17, Q25, Q27, Q36, Q43, Q46, Q65, Q83, Q85
•    The following Limited-only bus routes will not operate: S81, S84, S86, S91, S92, S94, S96, S98; use local routes S51, S74, S76, S61, S62, S44, S46, S48 instead
•    The following express bus routes will not operate: SIM4X, SIM8X
•    The following express bus route variations will not operate: BXM8 City Island service and Super Express trips on the QM2, QM5, QM8 and QM20
•    All service on routes BM1, BM2, BM3 and BM4 will operate via Downtown and Midtown.  There will be no Brooklyn-bound service at stops located at Church St/Barclay St, Park Row/Spruce St, and Frankfort St/Pearl St

New Year’s Day

On Saturday, Jan. 1, bus service will run on a Sunday schedule.

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LIRR New Year’s Eve 2021 Service Info

The end of the year is upon us & many will be riding the LIRR to get to & from their destination. The MTA asked me to share its holiday service plan for the LIRR with my readers:

New Year’s Holiday Early Getaway Program  

On Thursday, Dec. 30, the LIRR will operate on a regular weekday schedule with an additional 13 eastbound trains in the afternoon.

New Year’s Eve

On Friday Dec. 31, the LIRR will operate on a weekday schedule with 21 additional evening westbound trains, 18 to Penn Station and three to Atlantic Terminal.

New Year’s Day  

On Saturday, Jan. 1, the LIRR will operate on a regular weekend schedule, with extra trains for riders heading home after New Year’s Eve events. Nineteen early morning extra eastbound trains will operate to Long Island, 15 from Penn Station and four from Atlantic Terminal.

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Metro North New Year’s Eve 2021 Service Info

The end of the year is nearly upon us. Many will be using the Metro-North to get around this upcoming New Year’s Eve. So the agency has asked me to share its service plan for the Metro-North Railroad with my readers:

Monday, Dec. 27 – Thursday, Dec. 30

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Metro-North’s East of Hudson and West of Hudson service will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, Metro-North will operate shuttle trains between Grand Central Terminal and Yankees/E 153rd St for the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

New Year’s Eve

On Friday, Dec. 31, Metro-North’s East of Hudson service will operate on a regular weekday schedule, with extra inbound trains to Grand Central Terminal arriving between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and all-night outbound service.

On Friday, Dec 31, Metro-North’s West of Hudson service will operate a weekend schedule with the following additions and adjustments:

•    There are two extra after-midnight departures on the Pascack Valley Line, a 1:24 a.m. departure from Hoboken making all stops to Spring Valley, arriving at 2:46 a.m., and the second train with a 3:45 a.m. departure from Hoboken making all local stops to Spring Valley, arriving at 5:03 a.m. The 12:45 a.m. Friday-night departure from Hoboken to Spring Valley will not operate on New Year’s Eve.

•    There are two extra after-midnight departures on the Port Jervis Line, a 1:27 a.m. departure from Hoboken, operating express from Secaucus Junction to Suffern and then all stops to Port Jervis, arriving at 3:40 a.m., and the second train with a 2:55 a.m. departure from Hoboken, making all stops to Port Jervis, arriving at 5:32 a.m. The 12:40 a.m. Friday-night departure from Hoboken to Port Jervis will not operate on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Day

On Saturday, Jan. 1, Metro-North’s East of Hudson service will operate on a special schedule with hourly service on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines with six extra trains on the New Haven Line, and regular weekend service on the branch lines.

On Saturday, Jan. 1, Metro-North’s West of Hudson service will operate on a normal weekend schedule.

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