The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that major renovations are expected to begin early next year at the Pelham Bay Park, Buhre Avenue, Middletown Road, Zerega Avenue, and Castle Hill Avenue IRT 6 Pelham Line train stations.
These upcoming station restorations will join the recently renovated Pelham Line stations at Whitlock Avenue, Elder Avenue, Morrison Avenue-Soundview, St. Lawrence Avenue, and Parkchester. The designs for the repairs are expected to be completed in the fall, followed by the construction award being issued this winter. Renovations are projected to begin early next year and are expected to be complete in 2015.
The general repairs that will be made at the Buhre Avenue, Middletown Road, Zerega Avenue, and Castle Hill Avenue stations include renovations of station mezzanines, including floors, walls, and ceilings; replacement of station mezzanine roofs; replacement of platform and street stairs including enclosures; new platform edges and rubbing boards, which prevent trains from coming into direct contact with the platform; new ADA boarding areas; repair and/or replacement of concrete platforms and windscreens; replacement of platform and street stairs canopies; repair of railings and corroded steel; painting of stations; new mezzanine lighting; bird deterrent systems; and the incorporation of artwork throughout stations.
The general renovations that will be made at the Pelham Bay Park Station include the repair of the bridge over the tracks; a new rubbing board and tactile warning strip; painting of the exterior of the control building and station mezzanine; new platform canopies; painting of platform windscreens; and a bird deterrent system.
“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 NYC Transit President Tom 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.”
“It is great news that these five stations will be receiving much needed repairs and renovations beginning early next year,” said NYC Council Member Jimmy Vacca, Chair of the City Council Committee on Transportation. “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.”