New York City Transit (NYC Transit) is set to carry out structural repairs and station improvement works later this month at the 34 St-Penn Station subway complex on the Seventh Avenue 123 and Eighth Avenue ACE lines.

During the improvement works, both stations will remain open and continue to function, causing minimum disruption to normal operations.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority NYC Transit president Andy Byford said: “Penn Station is a critical hub in the regional transit network, and the two subway stations within this complex are two of the busiest in our entire subway system.

“This hub especially needs to be state-of-the-art, clean and easy to navigate; and it will be, once this important work is complete.”

“For many visitors to New York City, this station complex is their first experience of the New York Subway. We simply cannot afford to have a major connection point like this fall into disrepair.

“This hub especially needs to be state-of-the-art, clean and easy to navigate; and it will be, once this important work is complete.”

Under the programme, significant repair works at the stations will be carried out, including rehabilitating structural steel and concrete infrastructure at entrances, walls and ceilings.

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The electrical systems at the stations such as cables, conduits, lighting boards and other infrastructure will also be upgraded.

The two mezzanine areas will be overhauled with glass barriers, security cameras, LED lighting, digital screens and improved signage systems to ensure easier navigation at the stations.

Furthermore, three ACE entrances will be enhanced with new stairs, railings, lighting and electronic signage boards that will provide train service information.

The contract for these projects was awarded in February this year.