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IRT # 6 Pelham line stations on track for renovations

Bronx Times

Five IRT #6 Pelham line stations are on track for a face lift, scheduled to begin sometime early next year.

The New York MTA has announced that major renovations are expected to get underway at the Pelham Bay Park, Buhre Avenue, Middletown Road, Zerega Avenue, and Castle Hill Avenue train stations.

The upcoming station renovations will be the latest in a string of renovations targeting IRT #6 stations.

Whitlock Avenue, Elder Avenue, Morrison Avenue-Soundview, St. Lawrence Avenue, and Parkchester, were recently rehabbed.

The repair designs are expected to be completed in the fall, followed by the construction contract being awarded this winter.

The five stations will receive new station mezzanines, including floors, walls and ceilings; replacement of station roofs, replacements of platform and street stairs, new ADA boarding areas; repair and or replacement of concrete platforms and windscreens; replacement of platform and street stairs canopies; repair of railings; painting of the stations; new lighting; a new bird deterrent system; and the incorporation of art work throughout the stations.

The general renovations that will be made at the Pelham Bay Park station will include the repair of the bridge over the tracks; a new rubbing board and tactile warning strip, painting; new platform canopies; and a bird deterrent system.

During the renovations, each station will close, one at a time, with the exception on Pelham Bay Park station which will not close at all.

In the upcoming moths, closer to the start of the restorations, MTA will issue shuttle bus service schedules to patron using the trains.

NYC Transit president Tom Prendergast said when the work is complete customers will enjoy a much improved public transportation experience.

“Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, funding for the next three years of the Capital Plan has been secured and MTA New York City Transit can now continue rolling out our station renewal program to five more stations in the Bronx,” said Prendergast. “When our work is completed at these five stations, our customers will enjoy newly painted stations and other improvements that will enhance their experience.”

Councilman Jimmy Vacca, chair of the City Council Committee on Transportation said the renovations are long over due.

“It is great news that these five stations will be receiving much needed repairs and renovations beginning early next year,” said Vacca. “These stations have a combined average daily ridership of over 20,000 people who commute throughout the Bronx and into the other boroughs. It is important that these stations are updated frequently for the safety of riders. I look forward to these restorations, and I thank the MTA for bringing their attention to these vital stations in the Bronx.”

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