First Renovated Subway Station Set to Reopen Over Labor Day Weekend, MTA Says


A rendering of what the new entrance is expected to look like.

The subway station at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, which has been closed for upgrades since April, will reopen over Labor Day weekend — “on time and on budget” according to the MTA, which does not get to use that phrase very often these days. The B-C station got structural repairs and new technological features meant to make the station safer and more inviting.

The MTA was criticized for adding elements like LED lighting and touch-screens to stations without putting in more practical enhancements like elevators for disabled people or otherwise improving the slow service that has plagued the subways.

The press release about the reopening highlights the structural upgrades to the station in particular.

“Crews repaired the station’s corroded and rusting structural steel, repaired concrete on platforms and over tracks, performed waterproofing throughout, and replaced platform edges, stair treads and risers, wall tiles and mezzanine tiles. Station improvements include entrance enhancements such as new railings, digital signage, enhanced wayfinding, and a new turnstile area with brighter lighting, security features, new customer dashboards for wayfinding and service information.”

The renovation also extended a glass mosaic that was in the station.

Two other stations — at 86th and 72nd — remain closed for upgrades. In the meantime, a bus has been making stops outside the stations, but its schedule isn’t posted and the MTA won’t even acknowledge it exists.

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    1. Mikey G says:

      I took the ghost bus today. Just one other person on it.

      • Young Sally says:

        Person – or a ghost? 🙂

        I’m surprised this route isn’t better marked — but then maybe a touchscreen was more important.

    2. Susan Epler says:

      I’m gonna miss the phantom bus taking me occasionally
      and sporadically south to 103rd Street Station ( which really needs reconstruction). Nothing to take disabled or elderly potential passengers from street level to the platform. The MTA does not comply yet with American With Disability act of 1990.

    3. $2.75 for what? says:

      Thanks, MTA…but no thanks. None of this stuff improves service or makes the station accessible to all. It’s all just lipstick on a pig. Nothing new.

    4. Hans says:

      110th St IS Cathedral Parkway; this article implies an intersection between the two that does not exist.

    5. A.C. says:

      Correct me if I am wrong, but none of the stations between 59th street and 125th street have elevators. You waste all that time and money making cosmetic fixes that people could care less about when the mta has an accessibility problem. If you’re gonna do such an extensive renovation, it’s criminal that an elevator isn’t included.

      • Upperwestsidewally says:

        There are not many people who are more in favor of making subways more accessible to people with disabilities than yours truly.
        But I anticipate the wrath of residents (especially on CPW) who do not want an 10 x 10 x 12 foot ‘phone booth’ in front of their apartment doors.

      • anonymous says:

        96th and Broadway subway station has elevators.

        • A.C. says:

          Don’t get me started on the 1 train above 96th street. Who thought it would be a good idea to have 5 miles of inaccessible stations?

        • Leon says:

          They are referring to the stations on the B/C line. On the Broadway line there are elevators at 72 and 96.

          The stations on CPW generally are not configured for elevators, particularly the downtown lower levels. Reconfiguring them could take years and might damage the structural integrity of the adjacent buildings.

          Those in need of mobility help (which is a reasonable request) are better off focusing on enhancing bus service than pushing for these stations to get elevators.

    6. truth says:

      It will be trashed within a year.

    7. Susan Green says:

      Wish they would attack the signals and the delays….probably more expensive …. appearances are nice, but.. air-conditioning at the stations (very , very expensive, )would help.

    8. 11 says:

      Will there be AC in this new high tech station?!?

    9. Smithe says:

      2018 facade to go with 1935 technology

    10. 117th Street says:

      Why the silence from Senator Benjamins office when it comes to the lipstick repairs made at this train station? Benjamins office staff seem to not return phone calls or emails of constituents.

    11. 112 resident says:

      Complaints about the lack of accessibility @ this train station and others in Harlem have been ignored for years. CB10 former chair and now Senator, Brian Benjamin’s office seems to be unable to respond to constituents when it comes to better transportation in the district. Having attended one of the last meetings I don’t even know why Inez Dickens bothers to attend public meetings when she has nothing articulate to say. In addition, we all never even seen her ride a bus or subway.