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MTA Announces First Round of Subway Stations to Undergo Re-NEW-Vation Enhancements in 2024

New York City Transit
Updated January 26, 2024 2:30 p.m.
Elected Officials receive tour of reNEWvated 66 St - Lincoln Center Station

13 Stations to Receive Upgrades in First Quarter of Year  

First Group of 50 Stations in 2024  

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that New York City Transit (NYCT) will complete upgrades, repairs, and deep cleanings at 13 subway stations in the first quarter of 2024. This is part of NYCT’s Re-NEW-vation Program which utilizes planned service outages to perform station-wide repairs, enhancements, and deep cleanings. When regular service returns to the station, customers are met with cleaner and brighter station environments. Following the success of the first full year of the program in 2023, Re-NEW-vations are now a permanent initiative at NYCT Department of Subways.  

“The Re-NEW-vation Program is key to delivering on our North Star of faster, cleaner, safer service for customers across the transit system,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “We’re not resting on our accomplishments from 2023, customers across the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens can look forward to better station environments as we work to improve 50 more stations in 2024.”

“Improving customer satisfaction is a top priority and the Re-NEW-vation Program has been proven as a great way to bring tangible enhancements to customers where they are,” said MTA Chief Customer Officer Shanifah Rieara. “With this new list of Re-NEW-vations, customers can look forward to cleaner and brighter stations in their neighborhoods.”

“Customers deserve not just dependable service, but great station environments too,” said New York City Transit Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow. “I’m proud of all the hardworking NYCT employees who brought upgrades to 63 stations since the start of our Re-NEW-vations initiative and look forward to bringing it to even more stations this year.”

During re-NEW-vations, stations are scrapped, primed, and repainted. Lightening fixtures are replaced with new LED lights and added in areas to brighten dark spaces. Benches located on platforms and mezzanines are refinished for customer seating. Outdated signs are removed and replaced where needed with clearer messaging. Cracks are repaired and repaved to prevent tripping hazards. Each station also undergoes repairs specific to each location’s needs including completely rebuilding and rehabilitating stairways, installing new draining systems to prevent flooding conditions during heavy weather events, comprehensive tile work, and extensive track ceiling repairs.  

The first round of stations to receive renovations in 2024 are:

• 66 St - Lincoln Center   
• Fort Hamilton Pkwy    
• 161 St - Yankee Stadium   
• Bushwick Av - Aberdeen St  
• Jamaica – Van Wyck   
• Rockaway Av    
• 57 St   
• 2 Av    
• Sutphin Blvd – Archer Av – JFK Airport    
• 170 St  
• Shepherd Av  
• Marble Hill - 225 St   
• Sutter Av - Rutland Rd  

At 66 St - Lincoln Center  Station transit workers scrubbed stains left by calcium deposits off the walls, sanded and stained benches on platforms, repainted ceilings throughout the station, inspected and repaired wall tiling where needed and installed and cleared drains to prevent water build up during weather events.

Since the beginning of the program, 63 stations have been upgraded. In October of 2023, NYCT celebrated its accomplishment of completing a promised 50 Re-NEW-vated stations before the end of 2023. In all, 53 stations were renovated in 2023, the first full year of the program. Since the start of the program, NYCT workers have:

• 1.6 million sq. ft. of repainted surfaces  
• 17,030 new light fixtures installed  
• 91,960 sq. ft. of wall tile replaced  
• 4,142 sq. ft. of floor tiles replaced 
• 918 metal signs replaced  
• 41 new decals installed  
• 45 outdated, damaged or unnecessary signs and maps removed

“I’m thrilled that the Lincoln Center  train subway station was selected for the MTA’s Re-NEW-vation program,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal. “In just 55 hours it will be as good as new! This weekend, during a planned service outage, the MTA will work tirelessly to give Upper West Siders the subway station they deserve. By Monday morning, the Lincoln Center station will be cleaner, brighter, and safer; equipped with new signs, fresh paint, and an updated HVAC system. I applaud the MTA for coming up with the innovative idea to utilize pre-existing service disruptions to improve our subway stations, without seriously disrupting riders. I’m looking forward to more and more stations across the city being renovated as part of this exciting program.” 

“Our subway stations across the West Side and New York are always in need of some tender loving care," said Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal. "As subway ridership continues to rise, and in some cases surpass pre-pandemic levels, it is incredibly important that the MTA and the State Legislature continue to invest in projects to improve service, safety and cleanliness throughout our public transportation system. I am glad to celebrate the improvements made at the 66 Street  train station and look forward to seeing other stations across the city receive the same royal treatment.”