2018-05-09 / Front Page

MTA Announces 7 Line Makeover

By Liz Goff

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has revealed plans for a makeover on the No. 7 line, from 72nd Street in Jackson Heights to 104th Street in Corona.

The $45 million makeover will include removal of existing paint, “dirt, grease and grime” from the elevated structure, and repair of structural beams. Structural steel surfaces from 72nd Street to 104th Street will also get a fresh coat of paint as part of the makeover, agency officials said.

“This critical painting and structural repair work will improve the commuting experience for our riders in the near-te4rm, and will help us ensure the long-term safety and reliability of our system,” NYC Transit Authority president Andy Byford said.

The agency expects the project will take two years to complete. MTA officials have not announced a starting date for the project, or what service changes will be necessary to complete the work

Local elected officials, straphangers and area residents have voiced recent concern regarding potentially dangerous paint chips that fall from the elevated structure.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in 2017 that requires the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority to perform studies and disclose the amount of lead contained in plaint chips that fall from the structure. Independent reports reveal that paint chips falling from the 52nd Street station on the No. 7 line contain 244,000 part of lead per million – more than 50 times the legal requirement for lead.

“The No. 7 line is a lifeline for commuters in Queens, but its underlying infrastructure is in need of long overdue repairs,” U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley said. The Queens lawmaker said he is looking forward to working with the MTA, local elected officials and the community “to ensure the line is safely repainted and that a functional public transportation system does not come at the cost of our community’s well-being.”

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