Another project that some of you might have noticed in the Service Diversions over the last few months was the closure of the connection between the , & Manhattan-bound & at Fulton Street. Yesterday, MTA NYC Transit reopened the connection to the public after completing multiple things while working on the Fulton Transit Center:
At 7:00 a.m. today, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) re-opened the connection between the Fulton Street AC Station mezzanine and the JZ Station southbound platform to the public. The transfer was closed temporarily on March 5, 2012 to allow for renovations of the station.
Improvements to the connection include two new sets of stairs added from the AC platform to the AC mezzanine, bringing the total to 10 sets of stairs. In addition, a number of stairs were widened from their previous configuration. New lighting, floor and wall tiles have also been installed.
“This is a project that continues to gather great momentum allowing customers to enjoy the benefits of the transit improvements we’re making as we continue to build the Fulton Center,” said MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu.
The full contract for the mezzanine, led by Skanska Civil USA Northeast Inc., is scheduled to be completed by December 2012. Remaining work includes the installation of two new escalators and five new elevators. All stair reconfigurations are now completed. The re-opening of the transfer also allows for the last section of the reconstructed AC mezzanine to be opened, which is now completely open to customers.
Other components of Fulton Center have already been completed and opened for customer use, including the rehabilitated 23 Fulton Street Station, new 45 Fulton Street Station southern entrances at Maiden Lane, a new entrance at 135 William Street, as well as both platforms and a underpass at the R Cortlandt Street Station.
This customer benefit is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s larger $1.4 billion Fulton Center project. Scheduled to be completed in June 2014, Fulton Center will link 11 subway lines, PATH service and the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
I personally can’t wait for the Fulton Transit Center to be complete as I think it will be one of the bright spots in our region’s transit infrastructure. Hopefully they keep getting things done & it opens at its current project time.
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