2016-01-13 / Features

Modernization Of Queens MTA Subways To Commence


Simotas welcomes needed upgrades to the Astoria MTA train stations, without undue disruptions. Simotas welcomes needed upgrades to the Astoria MTA train stations, without undue disruptions. Four N/Q subway stations in Astoria are going to be upgraded as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s transportation plan that will modernize several stations in the next two years.

Thirty stations, including the 30th Avenue, Broadway, 36th and 39th Avenue stations are expected to be improved and upgraded by 2018, according to the governor who added that the stations would be cleaner and easier to access and navigate.

The station revamps will be designed and built by one contractor as a means to reduce costs and increase accountability.

Each station will be closed while the work takes place, between six to 12 months. The station revamps are part of a system wide MTA upgrade which calls for all 277 underground subway stations to have WiFi service by the end of 2016. Currently more than 140 underground stations have service—including along the 7 and R lines.

Cell phone service will be available in all stations by the end of 2017.

“I welcome much-needed upgrades to the trains and buses in our neighborhood,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, who recently called on the MTA for a comprehensive review of the R line. “While our growing community needs additional, accessible public transportation, station closures must not unnecessarily disrupt the lives of my Astoria neighbors.”

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