MTA Cuts Ribbon At LIC Subway Station Complex
MTA officials were joined by community leaders on June 3 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the expansion of Long Island City’s new Court Square Subway Station Complex. The completion of this project links the G line station at Long Island City-Court Square with the Court Square Station on the 7 line and the Court Square-23rd Street Station on the E and M lines.
This transfer is projected to benefit approximately 20,000 customers each weekday significantly impacting a growing residential area. A major part of the project was Citigroup’s construction of a direct enclosed free transfer between the Court Square 7 and Long Island City- Court Square Stations on the E, G and M. Customers no longer need to leave the system and re-enter with their MetroCards to make this transfer.
The event was attended by state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Community Board No. 2 Chairperson Joseph Conley and Citigroup’s Long Island City Site President, Maria Veltre.
“This new transfer station will help commuters travel more conveniently in and out of Long Island City,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “The public-private partnership between the MTA and Citi should serve as a model for future projects during these difficult budget times. I am thankful to everyone who played a part in making this announcement a reality.”
The new transfer area features two escalators, three ADA (American Disabilities Act) elevators, a transfer stairway between the G and 7 mezzanines and a stairway connecting the Court Square 7 station’s mezzanine with the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street. A passageway and moving sidewalk already connects the Long Island City-Court Square Station G with the Court Square- 23rd Street Station E, M.
With the opening of the transfer, the 7 line station has been renamed Court Square, in line with the MTA’s policy of aligning station names so that all platforms in a station complex have the same name, reducing customer confusion. The name of the station serving the E and M trains has already been changed to Court Square-23rd Street. Court Square is now the unifying name for all three stations.
The total cost of the project (including design, construction and support costs) is approximately $47.6 million, of which the MTA paid $13.9 million with the remainder funded by Citigroup. MTA will be undertaking a capital project scheduled for award later this month to make platforms in the 7 line station ADA compliant. This work includes full platform replacement, platform windscreen replacement and the installation of ADA boarding areas, tactile warning strips and signage.
The subway improvement was a mandatory requirement of the city zoning code for the development of the second phase of an office complex that consists of a 15-story building situated just north of the complex.
“The creation of this complex will facilitate travel for customers heading to and from Queens and give choices in the case of a disruption on any of the lines,” MTA NYC Transit President Thomas F. Prendergast said.