The subway station at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, which has been closed for upgrades since April, will reopen over Labor Day weekend — “on time and on budget” according to the MTA, which does not get to use that phrase very often these days. The B-C station got structural repairs and new technological features meant to make the station safer and more inviting.
The MTA was criticized for adding elements like LED lighting and touch-screens to stations without putting in more practical enhancements like elevators for disabled people or otherwise improving the slow service that has plagued the subways.
The press release about the reopening highlights the structural upgrades to the station in particular.
“Crews repaired the station’s corroded and rusting structural steel, repaired concrete on platforms and over tracks, performed waterproofing throughout, and replaced platform edges, stair treads and risers, wall tiles and mezzanine tiles. Station improvements include entrance enhancements such as new railings, digital signage, enhanced wayfinding, and a new turnstile area with brighter lighting, security features, new customer dashboards for wayfinding and service information.”
The renovation also extended a glass mosaic that was in the station.
Two other stations — at 86th and 72nd — remain closed for upgrades. In the meantime, a bus has been making stops outside the stations, but its schedule isn’t posted and the MTA won’t even acknowledge it exists.