Greenpoint Av station elevator and accessibility project to move to the next phase

March 6, 2019
The next phase of construction will come with a reduced impact to customers as NYCT works to add accessibility features to the station.

A project to install elevators and other accessibility features at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit (NYCT) Greenpoint Av G Subway station will move to the next phase of construction, but with reduced impact to customers. 

The project will install three new elevators and update station infrastructure such as stairs, handrails, turnstiles, powered gates and braille signage. The project began in September 2018 and is expected to take a total of 28 months to complete. NYCT will install an elevator linking the southern end of the station mezzanine to the sidewalk on the east side of Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street. Two other elevators will provide access to the northbound and southbound platforms, respectively, from the station mezzanine. In addition, the station agent booth will be modified to a wheelchair user-friendly height and new sidewalk pedestrian ramps will be installed. 

NYCT explains that to install new stairs and repair existing staircases and to install a new ADA boarding area, crews required access to the southbound platform and tracks for less than one month during December. A similar northbound station bypass had been planned for this month, but construction crews were able to safely and efficiently reduce the footprint of the active work sites, negating the need for the previously planned month-long service impact at Greenpoint Av.

“Installing three new elevators to make Greenpoint Av accessible is a massive project and we’re thrilled to be able to do it while significantly reducing the service impact for our customers,” said MTA NYCT President Andy Byford. 

More than 9,400 weekday customers use Greenpoint Av, which remains open to service during the elevator installation project, though short-term outages may be scheduled as needed to accommodate any work requiring platform or track access.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.