2012-05-18 / Community

Ribbon Cut On A Train Station

By Miriam Rosenberg


Among those in the crowd to cut the ribbon at the subway’s turnstile are Meeks, Gaska, Titus, Prendergast, Sanders’ chief of staff Donovan Richards, RDRC’s Valerie West, Goldfeder, and Sanders. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Among those in the crowd to cut the ribbon at the subway’s turnstile are Meeks, Gaska, Titus, Prendergast, Sanders’ chief of staff Donovan Richards, RDRC’s Valerie West, Goldfeder, and Sanders. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The renovated Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue subway station is now officially open for business. Last Friday officials cut the ribbon on the linchpin to the $117 million renovation of the entire Rockaway ‘A’ line.

The Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue terminal has been upgraded, modernized and transformed into an aesthetically pleasing facility that is now a fitting gateway to the services offered by the MTA,” said MTA NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast.

The three year project included upgrades to the train platform and the installation of two elevators to make the station ADA compliant. A new dome enclosure was added, the platform canopy roof membrane was replaced and the canopy deck framing and support columns were freshly painted, glass artwork was installed in conjunction with the MTA’s Arts for Transit program and new security cameras were installed. The other stations along the Rockaway line should be completed by the fall.


MTA NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast gets the ceremony started. Also pictured are Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC; Congressman Gregory Meeks; Edith Prentiss of the Transit Riders Council; Councilman James Sanders Jr; Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder; Transit Bureau District 23 commander Captain Michael Telfer; Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Community Board 14 district manager Jonathan Gaska. MTA NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast gets the ceremony started. Also pictured are Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC; Congressman Gregory Meeks; Edith Prentiss of the Transit Riders Council; Councilman James Sanders Jr; Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder; Transit Bureau District 23 commander Captain Michael Telfer; Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Community Board 14 district manager Jonathan Gaska. Among those attending the ribbon cutting were Congressman Gregory Meeks; Councilman James Sanders Jr; Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder; Assemblywoman Michele Titus; Jonathan Gaska, the district manager for Community Board 14; and Kevin Alexander, the executive director of RDRC.



Prentiss, Titus and Gaska were among those who took the ceremonial first ride in the new elevators. The fight for elevators goes back to the days of the late Assemblywoman Pauline Cummings. Prentiss, Titus and Gaska were among those who took the ceremonial first ride in the new elevators. The fight for elevators goes back to the days of the late Assemblywoman Pauline Cummings.

The way birds communicate was artist Jason Rohlf’s (pictured) inspiration for the glass artwork. He said the birds, which appear to be having conversations, was a comparison to commuters on a train. The way birds communicate was artist Jason Rohlf’s (pictured) inspiration for the glass artwork. He said the birds, which appear to be having conversations, was a comparison to commuters on a train.

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