Saturday, November 11, 2017

Three Stations Along The (R) Line Are Re-Opened Ahead Of Schedule

Bay Ridge Avenue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK-Three stations along the BMT 4th Avenue (R) Line in Brooklyn were originally closed for six months. The 53rd Street station was closed on March 27, 2017; re-opened on September 8th, 2017, Bay Ridge Avenue on April 29th, 2017; re-opened on October 13th, 2017, and lastly the Prospect Avenue station shut down on June 5th, 2017 and re-opened on November 2nd, 2017. Under the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Plan, the station, along with thirty other New York City Subway stations, underwent a complete overhaul as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative and was entirely closed for 5 months. Updates included cellular service, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, interactive service advisories and maps. From January to May 2016, Grimshaw Architects worked on a design for the station's renovation, with Arup Group acting as a consultant. The award for Package 1 of the renovations, which covers renovations at the Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, and Bay Ridge Avenue stations on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line, was awarded on November 30, 2016. The station closed on June 5, 2017 for these renovations, and reopened on November 2, 2017, a month ahead of schedule. Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture was selected to renovate the three stations under a $72 million design–build contract, the first such contract in the subway system's history. All three stations opened ahead of schedule. During the closures of the three stations, riders in Park Slope, South Park Slope, Gowanas , Greenwood Gardens, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge had to resort to the B37 (via 3rd Avenue-days/evenings), B63 (via 5th Avenue-all times), and other bus routes in the surrounding areas. The next stations to be renovated, as part of the ESI, which also features new benches and new leaning boards are the 30th and 36th Avenue stations on the BMT Astoria Line in Queens, which temporary closed on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 until June 2018. Customers who uses those two stations will have to use the other open Astoria line stations, the Queens/Queensboro Plaza, 21st St-Queensbridge, Northern Blvd, and/or Steinway Street stations on the (E)(F)(M)(R)(7) Lines. We can also use the Q18, Q66, Q69, Q100LTD, and Q102 routes. 

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