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Replacing the Elevators at Uptown A and 1 Stations

Shuttle Bus Service Suspended

Until further notice, we have suspended shuttle bus service for the elevator replacement projects.

The elevators that currently serve 168 St, 181 St, and 191 St on the 1 train, and 181 St and 190 St on the A train, are over 80 years old. They’ve been in service since those stations first opened in the early 1900s. While that is an impressive run, as they’ve aged, the elevators have become more and more unreliable. Water damage has only made the reliability issues worse.

So, over the course of the next three years, we’re removing the existing elevator equipment at each station and replacing it with new elevator systems within the existing shafts. These new elevators will:

  • Provide faster, more reliable service
  • Reduce crowding with additional points of entry at 168 1 station  and 191 1 station and wider doors at 181 on the A train
  • Provide security with two CCTV security cameras in each elevator
  • Use new technology to allow us to respond more quickly and precisely if an elevator malfunctions
  • Add a back-up power supply to allow customers to exit the elevator if there is a loss of power to the station

Project Updates

191 1 Station: February 2020 - February 2021

Construction will begin February 1, 2020, at 12:01 AM, and is scheduled for completion in February 2021. During this time, the elevators will be out-of-service.

During this work, 1 trains will continue to serve the station with access through the Tunnel Street passageway on Broadway. As an alternative, use the M3 or shuttle buses for service between 191 St/St. Nicholas Ave and the 181 St 1 station.

Get more information on travel options here.

181 St A Station

On August 3, 2019, the elevators at the 181 St A station closed so we can completely remove and replace the elevators and all associated components and mechanical equipment. Before we begin this elevator work, we're doing maintenance on the escalators to improve their reliability. 

A trains will continue to serve the stations during the work. You can continue to access A train service from the entrances at 181 St/Fort Washington and Overlook Terrace. Get your travel options here. 

168 St 1 Station

UPDATE (12/20/2019): We're done! 1 trains began serving the 168 St station on Friday, December 20, 2019 — weeks before the scheduled completion. The new elevators are fully functional and ready to serve you.

Here's a rundown of everything we did:

  • Replaced the elevators
  • Repaired the elevator shafts
  • Reopened rear vestibules at the lower mezzanine to ease boarding and exiting the elevators
  • Installed a back-up battery to allow customers to exit the elevators in the case of a power failure
  • Replaced all support machinery
  • Installed two security cameras in each elevator cab for increased security
  • Installed new communications equipment to speed up response time if there's any problem with an elevator
  • New lighting in the lower mezzanine
  • Redid the historic tile work in the lower mezzanine, including salvaging old tile and installing completely new tile to match

Completed Work (12/20/2019)

Photo of newly installed elevator mechanical equipment at the 168 1 station.
Photo of the restored tile work at the 168 St 1 station

Schedule of Elevator Replacements

Note that after we complete the elevator replacements in 2022, the escalators will be replaced at the 181 A station.

Completed

168 1: January 5, 2019 - January 2020 December 20, 2019

The station opened in 1906. It is listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The platform is 102 feet below ground, or about 10 stories. We began construction on January 5, 2019. It was scheduled for completion in January 2020, but we finished the work weeks early and returned 1 service to the station on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Ongoing

181 A Station: August 3, 2019 - July 2020

The station opened in 1932. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The elevator carries customers down 106 feet to the lower mezzanine. Construction began on August 3, 2019 and is scheduled for completion in July 2020.

During this work, A trains will continue to serve the station with access from 181 St/Fort Washington and Overlook Terrace. Fort Washington/184 St customers should use the entrance at 181 St/Fort Washington, the 190 A station or the M4 bus.

Upcoming

191 1 Station: February 2020 - February 2021

The station opened in 1911. It is listed on the US Register of Historic Places, and is the deepest subway station in NYC at 173 feet below ground. Construction will begin in February 2020 and is scheduled for completion in February 2021.

During this work, 1 trains will continue to serve the station with access through the Tunnel Street passageway on Broadway. Please check back as we get closer to the beginning of the work for service alternatives and updates.

190 A Station: September 2020 - September 2021

The station opened in 1932. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places. Construction will begin in September 2020 and is scheduled for completion in September 2021.

During this work, A trains will continue to serve the station with access from Bennett Avenue. Please check back as we get closer to the beginning of the work for service alternatives and updates.

181 1 Station: March 2021 - March 2022

The station opened in 1906. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places, and reaches a depth of 122 feet below ground. Construction will begin in March 2021 and is scheduled for completion in March 2022.

During this work, the station will close. Please check back as we get closer to the beginning of the work for service alternatives and updates.