New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has completed the work that transformed the southern terminal of the A Line into a sparkling, steel and glass, state-of-the art transit facility and was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by MTA leaders and local elected officials.
The project began in 2009 at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station and included the rehabilitation of the existing control building complete with a relocated agent booth, new fare array, new employee areas and a rebuilt staircase to the platform. Situated within an impressive domed enclosure, two new ADA-compliant elevators were installed, linking the control building to the platform.
“The Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue terminal has been upgraded, modernized and transformed into an aesthetically-pleasing facility that is now a fitting gateway to the services offered by the MTA,” said MTA NYC Transit President Thomas Prendergast. “We are also extremely proud to have been able to add an impressive art installation and the functional elements that now allow the disabled community to take advantage of the subway system.”
Major rehabilitation work was performed on several station elements including the control house facade and interior. The project also included upgrades to the train platform, including the renewal of the ADA boarding area and yellow, textured platform edge warning strip. The platform canopy roof membrane was replaced and the canopy deck framing and support columns were freshly painted. In addition, glass artwork was installed in the control building in conjunction with the MTA’s Arts for Transit program.
The keystone of a major line renewal effort, Mott Avenue was part of a $117 million project to rehabilitate nine A Line stations serving the peninsula. Work on the other eight stations is scheduled to be complete by the Fall of this year.
The Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station was opened on January 16, 1958, about two years after subway service was extended to the Rockaways along the former tracks of the Long Island Rail Road. The Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station is more than 32 miles from the northernmost station on the line, making the A Line the longest in the New York City subway system.