2006-10-20 / Front Page

MTA Plans Major Fix Up For Subway Stations

By Brian Magoolaghan

Community Board 14 Chairperson Delores Orr reviews project summary as Yong S. Teoh and Joseph Raskin of the MTA New York City Transit describe plans for subway renovation.
Community Board 14 Chairperson Delores Orr reviews project summary as Yong S. Teoh and Joseph Raskin of the MTA New York City Transit describe plans for subway renovation. Planning is underway for a three-year project that will rebuild and upgrade nine of Rockaway's subway stations, according to representatives from MTA New York City Transit.

The project, when combined with one that is underway for the Beach 116 Street station, will bring improvements to every station in the area - except Broad Channel.

Preliminary planning has started on a project that will renovate the Beach 105, 98, 90, 67, 60, 44, 36 and 25 Street stations as well as the Mott Avenue station, according to Joseph Raskin, an assistant director of government and community relations for the MTA NYCT.

Raskin and stations program Design Manager Yong S. Teoh detailed the plans last week at Community Board 14's monthly meeting.

The Beach 105, 98 and 90 Street stations are slated for brand new stairs from the street to the mezzanine level and from the mezzanine to the platform, according to a project summary that was made public at the meeting. The mezzanine and platform areas, including canopies, windscreens, drainage systems, fire standpipe, concrete and steel elements will be rehabilitated. Lighting will be upgraded and unused stairs at the end of platforms will be removed, according to the plans.

At the Beach 67, 60, 44, 36, and 25 Street stations, all existing stairs will be repaired with new treads, risers and handrails. The mezzanine and platform areas will get new lighting, drainage and fire standpipe, according to the plans. Steel and concrete elements will also be repaired.

The Mott Avenue station is set to receive upgrades to its control house building, a new elevator from street level to the platform level for disabled riders, new pubic restrooms, new stairs to the platform, repairs to the concrete and steel elements, upgraded lighting and new fire standpipe.

The Beach 116 Street station is being rehabbed under a separate project that is already underway.

Some board members were surprised to learn that the Broad Channel station - a critical hub in the local system - isn't included in the plan. Members of CB14 voted unanimously to appeal to the MTA for its inclusion. The board is also requesting additional fencing in the platform areas to prevent rocks from being thrown at property and passersby below.

The elevated structure is supposed to be addressed in another upcoming project, Raskin said.

The preliminary planning phase for the nine stations will be finished in March of 2007, followed by another year of additional planning that would be complete by March of 2008, according to Raskin. The three-year construction phase is tentatively scheduled to begin in April of 2008.

CB14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska described the project "much anticipated and clearly needed."

Riders who depend on the peninsula's subway stations, which are among the least used in the system, have long complained about deteriorating conditions. Raskin said the MTA NYCT wants to change people's impression. "We want people to be proud of our stations," he said.

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