The US-based Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York has reopened two stations for service in both directions on the 3 Subway line in Brooklyn, following the completion of major renovation works.
Refurbishments included works carried out at two century-old stations Sutter Av-Rutland Road and Junius Street, including rehabilitated platforms and the introduction of light poles, mezzanine walls, and new doors and windows, along with tactile warning strips located at the platform edge.
The upgrade work was a part of the $88m rehabilitation programme of seven elevated stations along the New Lots Av Line in the Brownsville and East New York neighbourhoods, which had been closed to facilitate extensive repair works in October.
MTA New York City Transit acting president Darryl Irick said: “The Sutter Av-Rutland Road and Junius Street stations are on elevated tracks and have open-air platforms that have been exposed to the weather every day, every hour, for nearly a hundred years.
“With these station renewals, you’re seeing our capital programme dollars at work bringing seven stations that originally opened in the 1920s to a state of good repair.”
The other five other stations featured in the rehabilitation project were Saratoga Av, Rockaway Av, Pennsylvania Av, Van Siclen Av and New Lots Av.
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The renovation works have now been completed at all the stations apart from New Lots Av, where works is still ongoing.
MTA has also planned to invest $14.5bn for multiple improvement works to the NYC Transit subway system over the next few years.
The investment will see almost $4bn spent on stations, $4.5bn on signals and track work and $1.7bn for new cars as part of the MTA's Capital Programme.
MTA also has introduced a 'six-point plan' to allow for immediate improvements to subway services across the region.