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New York City Transit reopens 168 Street, Astoria stations

NYCT reopened the 168 Street subway station in New York City after a nearly year-long closure.
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MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) last week reopened the 168 Street subway station in New York City, after a nearly year-long effort to replace and upgrade elevators at the 100-year-old station. 

The project, completed on budget and ahead of schedule, also included improvements to lighting, communications equipment and an emergency staircase, NYCT officials said in a press release.

Also last week, NYCT reopened the elevated Astoria Boulevard Station in Queens, after a nine-month closure. NYCT crews strengthened column foundations, built four new mezzanine-to-platform staircases, rehabilitated platforms, and installed LED lighting and canopy roofs. 

Crews also demolished and rebuilt the station’s mezzanine with more vertical clearance to prevent over-height trucks from striking the structure when traveling through the station’s underpass.

The recent work marked the first phase of construction to install four elevators and other accessibility features at Astoria Boulevard Station by fall 2020.


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