Monday, January 18, 2021

NYCT Completes ADA Elevator Installation At The Gun Hill Road (Seymour Avenue) Station In The Bronx; MTA's Heroic Frontline Workers Received COVID-19 Vaccinations

 By N Miller

Elevators At The Gun Hill Rd (Seymour Av) Stop in Baychester/
Co-Op City, The Bronx in full operation. Credit: Bronx.com

BRONX, NY – The Gun Hill Road (Seymour Avenue) station stop on the (5) subway line in the Baychester section of the Bronx is now ADA accessible. The station became the final of eleven stations to become fully ADA accessible in the last calendar year alone after the completion of the project adding two new elevators in the last week of December. At least eight additional stations are set to undergo ADA-related improvements this year. In addition to installing the elevators, crews made a range of other improvements to the Gun Hill Rd station, including the construction of ADA-compliant platforms and a new ADA-compliant station booth.

In addition to the installation of the new ADA-compliant elevators, station booth and platforms, crews expanded the control house above the tracks by 26 feet and modified platform canopies to accommodate the new elevator shafts. The project team also upgraded the station’s communications systems and made a range of mechanical and electrical improvements as well. A small amount of remaining work aimed primarily at the station entrance canopy and doors is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said this in a statement: “One of the ways to nurture a robust economy, especially as we try to recover from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, is focusing on our borough's infrastructure system. The upgrades made at the Gun Hill Road Station on IRT Dyre Avenue Line are key, particularly in helping our most vulnerable communities get the same access to public transportation as the rest of us. A thriving city like ours requires upgrades on all forms of transportation, and the ADA improvements made in the Gun Hill Road Station is a step in the right direction.”

State Senator Jamaal Bailey said this in a statement: “I would like to thank New York City Transit for their state of the art upgrades on the Gun Hill station on the (5) line. This station is a vital and busy transit hub that serves the densely populated communities of Co-Op City and Baychester, full of essential workers, families and seniors who deserve accessibility and adequate transportation. The ADA accessibility and improved safety measures are necessary and crucial at this station. The upgrades made at the Gun Hill Station will benefit riders for years to come, and I am excited for the community to reap the benefits.”

Council Member Kevin Riley said this in a statement: “The long awaited upgrades to the Gun Hill Road (5) Subway Station is essential to the residents of District 12. Our district is a transportation dessert and a part of the revitalization of our community starts with upgrades that make transportation more accessible to all residents. I would like to thank New York City Transit for their hard work on this project, and I look forward to working with them on more projects in the 12th City Council District.”

I like how Transit, alongside with the ADA, have decided to have elevators installed after renovating the station. It completes the project and allow for more accessibility for all the residence of Baychester and Co-Op City. Gun Hill Rd is the eleventh station to become ADA accessible in the beginning of 2020. There were 7 stations that became ADA accessible in 2020. Eight more station accessibility projects will begin this year.  

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MTA Employee Marc Rapalo receives the COVID-19 vaccine
at Jacob K. Javits Center back on 01/13/2021. Credit: Marc Herman/NYCT

NEW YORK, NY – After being the lifeline and working horses during the heights of this pandemic, New York MTA employees began to receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jacob Javits Convention Center back on Wednesday 01/13/2020. This is all part of the group that includes people ages 65 and older, teachers/education workers, first responders, public safety workers, and public transit workers. More than 126 employees received vaccinations on the first day, with plans to vaccinate thousands more in the coming weeks.

MTA employees are included in priority group 1b of the vaccine’s eligibility. The Javits Center is one of three state-run vaccination sites that began opening across the state today in an effort to expedite the vaccination rate, including the Westchester County Center and New York State Fair Expo Center. The Authority plans to roll out an MTA vaccination program in the coming weeks to vaccinate as many members of its workforce as quickly as possible. From the onset of the pandemic the Authority has been at the forefront of protective efforts for employees, with nation and industry-leading efforts including free and convenient screenings at work sites throughout the service region, free access to COVID-19 testing at partnering health care facilities, the deployment of a first-in-the-nation temperature brigade, the installation of plexiglass and vinyl barriers on buses and in select work locations, testing of cutting-edge technologies to clean and disinfect, as well as providing free and convenient flu shots to thousands of workers to date.

Patrick Warren, MTA Chief Safety & Security Officer said this in a statement: “This vaccine is our best shot at ending this pandemic once and for all. Health experts assure that the vaccine is safe and effective. I am grateful that our workforce, who showed up for work day in and day out at the height of the pandemic, is being prioritized in the vaccine rollout and this time showing up to get their shot. We applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health for their leadership, and look forward to working together to vaccinate the frontline heroes of this pandemic.”

I have a problem with this statement. Cuomo deserves no credit for absolutely nothing. Remember that he was the one who created all of this chaos by driving away Andy Byford from his post as NYCT President because he was jealous of the work that he was doing to improve the reliability of New York City Transit. He is the reason why Interim NYCT President Sarah Feinberg is here. She has not done much ever since Cuomo gave her that position. I honestly do not want everything that Andy Byford has planned to go to waste. If Andy Byford was still here, he would've implemented the overnight closures of the subways the same week everything else was shutting down. I  do agree that this vaccine along with social distancing practices are key to ending this pandemic once and for all. I will leave it at that.

The vaccination program being planned is yet another example of the MTA’s commitment to undertaking important and pioneering initiatives to protect its workforce. The MTA has distributed more than 13 million masks, more than 16 million pairs of gloves, 98,000 gallons of hand sanitizer, close to 11 million individual sanitizing wipes, 235,000 gallons of cleaning solution and more than 16,000 face shields to its workforce since the beginning of the pandemic. If we all know what happened during the pandemic were 153 transit employees passed away from this disease, you would know that the previous statement is a flat-out lie. You can read all about it in this post that was written back in April of 2020.

Please stay tuned for the next post, which will appear on Inauguration Day (01/20/2021). Thank You. 

  


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