2011-10-07 / Top Stories

Subway Renovations Hitting Homestretch

By Miriam Rosenberg


Two new elevators are being installed at the Mott Avenue subway station to take the disabled, elderly and those with baby strollers up to the platform. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Two new elevators are being installed at the Mott Avenue subway station to take the disabled, elderly and those with baby strollers up to the platform. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg In 2008 the Metropolitan Trans portation Authority began a massive renovation of the Rockaway ‘A’ line.

That project is now hitting the home stretch. Platforms on the Far Rockaway-bound side are almost finished. Platforms on the city-bound side and all those in Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park are still under reconstruction. Some of the major renovations along the line can be seen in these photos.

MTA officials have not released a date when they expect the project to be completed.



Aluminum has replaced the old rotted wood to protect passengers from the elements. Aluminum has replaced the old rotted wood to protect passengers from the elements.

Work has begun to shore up the elevated portion of the line with the replacement of concrete that has cracked or fallen off from years of wear and tear. Work has begun to shore up the elevated portion of the line with the replacement of concrete that has cracked or fallen off from years of wear and tear.

Old platform walls have been replaced and new wooden benches installed, such as this one at the Beach 44 Street station. Mott Avenue will have metal benches. Old platform walls have been replaced and new wooden benches installed, such as this one at the Beach 44 Street station. Mott Avenue will have metal benches.

A construction crew was working on a new entrance to the Mott Avenue station on Tuesday. A construction crew was working on a new entrance to the Mott Avenue station on Tuesday.

New mesh screen backing and signage are being installed on the platforms. New mesh screen backing and signage are being installed on the platforms.

A worker puts in new frosted windows next to the stairs leading up to the Beach 90 Street platform. A worker puts in new frosted windows next to the stairs leading up to the Beach 90 Street platform.

Old rusted-through staircases and handrails are gone and have made way for new, safer stairways. Old rusted-through staircases and handrails are gone and have made way for new, safer stairways.

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