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NYCT closes more A Line station platforms for Rockaway Branch program

Yesterday, MTA New York City Transit closed Manhattan-bound platforms at two stations on the A Line’s Rockaway Branch to continue a $117 million station rehabilitation program.

The platforms at Beach 105th and Beach 90th stations will remain closed until Dec. 21; southbound platforms at Beach 67th, Beach 44th and Beach 25th Street stations that were closed Sept. 8 will reopen in mid-January.

To be completed at nine Rockaway Branch stations, the rehabilitation work calls for new canopies over stairs and platforms; renewing mezzanine and platform floors; installing vandal-resistant fluorescent lighting, new public-address systems and ADA-complaint elevators.

The Rockaway Branch opened in 1956 on the A Line, which dates back to 1892, when the route was operated by the Long Island Rail Road.

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