MTA Unveils Major Accessibility and Circulation Improvements at 34 St-Penn Station

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) unveiled a set of major station and accessibility improvements at Penn Station, part of its long-running effort to create a more accessible and comfortable station experience for the hundreds of thousands of daily Penn Station passengers. The project’s new, fully accessible street entrance and fare control area at 7 Av and 33 St increases accessibility and reliability for all subway customers. The MTA also recently completed the full modernization of four existing elevators, three of which serve the  1,2,3 subways and one of which serves the Long Island Rail Road at 34 St-Penn Station. The project, which was completed on time and under budget, will significantly improve elevator reliability, provide redundant options for customers who need elevators, and create a more seamless travel experience for Long Island Rail Road and subway riders.

The new elevators features an Emergency Elevator Two-Way Communications System that facilitates better communication in case of emergency between rescue workers and all passengers, including those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or have speech disabilities. The new Fare Control Area provides passengers with better access to subway service from 7 Av and 33 St and features information screens which will display service alerts and customer communications. The project also includes the replacement or repair of five platform stairs serving LIRR customers, and improvements to station circulation, lighting and wayfinding.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: January 27, 2023