MTA ready to start work on next phase of line reconstruction

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The MTA will be doing work covering the next phase of its Concourse Line Reconstruction.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the next phase of its Concourse Line Reconstruction along the lines in the Bronx will begin on Tuesday, July 5.

The project will restore this critical line to a state of good repair by addressing structural defects between the 161 Street-Yankee Stadium and Bedford Park Boulevard stations. This work will result in better service, improved reliability, and an upgraded customer experience. 

Work in this project to rehabilitate the 89-year-old line includes:   

  • Mitigating leaks to prevent future corrosion and deterioration; 
  • Repairing or replacing corroded structural beams and columns; 
  • Repairing spalled concrete and cracks; 
  • Removing and replacing radio antenna; and 
  • Repairing street level vents. 

“We appreciate our customers’ patience as we make these necessary repairs to ensure reliable service for the next 90 years and beyond,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “Ensuring improvement projects are completed as efficiently as possible sometimes requires these short-term service changes.” 

“The MTA’s 2020-24 Capital Program is committed to a state of good repair and upgrades to system infrastructure; this work advances those objectives” said MTA Construction and Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “We are also minimizing the impact to riders while we complete this work, by maintaining service.”   

Beginning Monday, July 5, and continuing through December and for an additional four weeks in 2023, all service will operate on the local track in both directions while the express track is closed. During the AM rush, downtown trains will operate local between 205 Street and 145 Street. During the PM rush, uptown trains will operate local between 145 Street and 205 Street. Street-level vent repair along Grand Concourse between 161 and 192 streets began last month for this project. Beyond the aforementioned service changes, weekend outages will be necessary through March 2024 and the project will be completed by September 2024.  Additional dates and service impacts will be announced at a later date. 

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