MTA New York City Transit is currently involved in a long-term project to install state-of-the-art signaling along the line, replacing a system that is between 50 and 90 years old. The new Communications Based Train Control system, scheduled to be completed in late 2016, will improve reliability, enhance safety and reduce maintenance requirements while increasing line capacity and operational flexibility.
Additionally, a major station rehabilitation project is underway at the Court Square Station in Long Island City. That work consists of platform and windscreen replacement and the enhancement of accessibility features with the installation of ADA boarding areas, tactile warning strips and signage. This project, combined with work already completed at Court Square, which included the installation of three ADA elevators, will make the station accessible to the disabled at the time of its scheduled completion in June, 2012.
In order to carry out the $7.2 million Court Square project, the station will be closed at all times from January 21 through April 2, 2012.
The following projects will also be carried out :
• Additional track and tunnel maintenance work in the Steinway Tube. NYCT will be upgrading emergency alarms and telephones, installing the copper cable associated with them and replacing collapsed ducts in the tube, another step towards improving service reliability.
• Track replacement work along 23rd Street between Queens Plaza South and 44th Drive.
• Installation of electrical equipment at the Vernon-Jackson Station for the CBTC project.
• Station renewal work is continuing at the Hunters Point Avenue Station, including platform, stairway and mezzanine repairs, bringing the station to a state-of-good-repair. This $5.2M project is scheduled for completion in May 2012.
• NYCT will carry out a series of station improvements at the Vernon-Jackson station. This work includes replacing platform edge concrete, removing wood rubbing boards and replacing them with boards made from polyethylene, installing tactile platform edge ADA warning strips and repairing or replacing platform columns. NYCT will also repair cracked platform surfaces, walls and station ceilings while improving the lighting.
• Track replacement work will take place in the area of the Times Square-42nd Street station to facilitate the extension of the 7 to a new western terminal at 34th Street and 11th Avenue.