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Improving the 7 Line

From Manhattan to Flushing, we're working to improve the customer experience across the 7 line, including on board trains and in stations.
Updated Feb 6, 2024

Details

  • Location
    Manhattan, Queens
  • Type
    Accessibility, Infrastructure, Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Stations
  • Status
    Construction

Area Map

Timeline

2022
  • Work started on escalator replacements at Grand Central
2023
  • Beginning ADA improvements at Queensboro Plaza
  • Beginning station renewal work at 82 St-Jackson Heights and 111 St
  • Beginning upgrades at 61 St-Woodside
  • Installing Steinway Tube flood protection at Hunters Point Av
  • Completed circulation improvements at Flushing-Main St
2024
  • Station renewal at 52 St, 61 St-Woodside, and 69 St
2025
  • Station renewal at 103 St-Corona Plaza

About the project

Since the implementation of communication-based train control, the  has been one of the most reliable, smoothest-running lines in the subway system. All but four of the stations on the line, however, are more than a century old.

This work will help bring the customer experience into the 21st century and meet the service provided by the . These projects will result in better and more efficient service, and will help create a more accessible system for all New Yorkers.

We are prioritizing projects that will enhance stations and extend the lifespan of our infrastructure for years to come. This includes accessibility and safety improvements, state of good repair work, and resiliency upgrades in the Steinway Tube between Manhattan and Queens.

We are closely coordinating the schedules of these projects to maximize the efficiency of track outages and minimize the impact to our customers. 

Project benefits

  • Circulation and accessibility upgrades at seven of the busiest stations on the  line will make it easier and safer to get around, and extend the working life of these stations by 25 years.
  • Full station renewals and state-of-good-repair work from Woodside to Corona will help keep service running smoothly and safely up and down the  line and improve the customer experience.
  • Protection for the Steinway Tube will allow us to restore  service more quickly after flood events.
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously will allow us to bring back full  and  service more quickly than previous major renovations on the line.
A 7 express train arrives at Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave

What to expect

Wherever you ride on the , you'll like see service changes as a result of this work.

Our goal is to minimize the impact of these changes by working on projects up and down the line at the same time, and maintain service as close to normal for as many riders as we can.

Not every project has specific dates yet. Throughout the project, service notices will be posted in stations, on the MYmta app, and on this page.

Station upgrades

34 St-Hudson Yards

While no work is scheduled for the newest station on the , there will be impacts from other projects.

Upgrades at Queensboro Plaza will mean a suspension of  service on some weekends between Queens and Manhattan. When this happens, please use shuttle buses between 34 St-Hudson Yards and Times Square-42 St, or the M34-SBS to connect to train service at Penn Station and other points east.

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Times Square-42 St

Upgrades at Queensboro Plaza will mean a suspension of  service on some weekends between Queens and Manhattan. Shuttle buses to 34 St-Hudson Yards will be available at Times Square-42 St, while customers traveling to Queens can take the  to Queensboro Plaza or the  to Roosevelt Av. For Grand Central, use the .

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5 Av

The 42 St Connection has made it possible to reach Times Square-42 St  on the weekends when Queensboro Plaza upgrades lead to a suspension of  service between Manhattan and Queens. For stations further east in Queens, a better option will be taking the  to 74 St-Broadway for the .

Customers for 34 St-Hudson Yards should walk to Times Square to catch the free shuttle bus, or ride the M42.

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Grand Central-42 St

In addition to ongoing subway mezzanine improvements and structural repairs, we are adding additional stairway access, as well as widening two existing stairways connecting to the  platforms. 

Benefits of this work include additional access points and faster escalator speeds to improve circulation; more reliable escalator service with less unplanned maintenance; improved lighting, customer information, ceilings, and architectural finishes; wider platform stairs for better customer circulation; and new ventilators to reduce water infiltration and improve air circulation. 

Work began in 2022, with four pairs of escalators to be replaced. Each escalator replacement is projected to take seven to nine months, with work expected to be completed in the spring of 2025.

On weekends when work at Queensboro Plaza necessitates  line suspensions in Manhattan, customers can use the  to reach 5 Av and Times Square-42 St, or the M42 bus to 34 St-Hudson Yards. For service to Queens, take the  to 59 St for the  or the  to 51 St for the .

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Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av

As part of the Station Re-NEW-vation Program, Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av will be subject to weekend closures. This will allow us to make cosmetic upgrades and give the station a deep cleaning.

This includes power washing the station; removing gum from floors, benches, staircases or column;  repainting columns; and retiling platforms or walls where necessary. Following initial deep cleanings and repairs, we will continue to maintain this level of cleanliness. 

During closures, shuttle buses run between Vernon-Jackson and Queensboro Plaza .

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Hunters Point Av

We are installing a flood door at the east end of Hunters Point Av to protect the station and the Steinway Tube from coastal storms. This work is not expected to cause service interruptions.

Still, Hunters Point Av will be subject to closures during work at Queensboro Plaza. When this happens, shuttle buses run between Queensboro Plaza and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av. Consider using 21 St  for alternate travel.

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Court Square

As part of the Station Re-NEW-vation Program, Court Square will be subject to weekend closures. This will allow us to make cosmetic upgrades and give the station a deep cleaning.

This includes power washing the station; removing gum from floors, benches, staircases or column;  repainting columns; and retiling platforms or walls where necessary. Following initial deep cleanings and repairs, we will continue to maintain this level of cleanliness. 

During closures, shuttle buses run between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av and Queensboro Plaza . Take the  to Roosevelt Av-Jackson Heights to connect to  stations between 74 St-Broadway and Flushing-Main St, and for service to Manhattan.

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Queensboro Plaza

We are making accessibility upgrades including new elevators, ADA boarding areas with new platform edges, a new ADA ramp on an enlarged mezzanine, modified pedestrian bridges, and ADA upgrades for existing street and station stairs.

Work began in September 2022 and is scheduled to continue through September 2024.

This station will be closed and  and/or  service suspended between Queens and Manhattan during some weekends in late 2023 and early 2024. Read more about these closures. There will also be additional weekends during this period where  and/or  trains bypass the station in one direction only.

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33 St, 40 St, and 46 St

These  stations in Long Island City and Sunnyside will be impacted by service changes as a result of projects elsewhere on the line.

During station upgrades at 52 St, 61 St-Woodside, and 69 St,  trains will only make stops at 33 St, 40 St, and 46 St in one direction, as trains run on the center track.

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52 St

As part of our state of good repair project at five stations on the , we will be replacing stairs; eliminating uneven walking surfaces by replacing the mezzanine floor and platform; upgrading the customer experience with new windscreens, artwork and painting; upgrading and installing light fixtures; and installing CCTV cameras to enhance safety. 

Work at 52 St is expected to last 10 months in 2024, with trains bypassing the station in each direction for five months at a time. Work on the Manhattan-bound side will be first.

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61 St-Woodside

Work at 61 St-Woodside is scheduled to begin in June 2023. At that time,  express trains will only run between 74 St-Broadway and Flushing-Main St in both directions. That will continue through the end of the year. While only two tracks will be in operation during both this work and other projects in 2024,  local trains will continue to serve 61 St-Woodside in both directions at all times.

This is part of our state of good repair project at five stations on the Flushing Line. We will be making repairs to the track support structure, reconstructing platforms with new platform edges and ADA-compliant boarding areas, replacing stairs, upgrading station drainage and waterproofing, and performing other structural repairs. The existing street-to-mezzanine escalator at 61 St-Woodside will also be replaced.

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69 St

As part of our state of good repair project at five stations on the , we will be replacing stairs; eliminating uneven walking surfaces by replacing the mezzanine floor and platform; upgrading the customer experience with new windscreens, artwork and painting; upgrading and installing light fixtures; and installing CCTV cameras to enhance safety. 

Work at 69 St is expected to last 10 months in 2024, with trains bypassing the station in each direction for five months at a time. Work on the Manhattan-bound side will be first.

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74 St-Broadway

Starting in 2023, we are replacing three escalators at this Jackson Heights station, a vital hub for the , the , and Q70-SBS LaGuardia Link bus.

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82 St-Jackson Heights

As part of our state of good repair project at five stations on the , we will be replacing stairs; eliminating uneven walking surfaces by replacing the mezzanine floor and platform; upgrading the customer experience with new windscreens, artwork and painting; upgrading and installing light fixtures; and installing CCTV cameras to enhance safety. 

Work at 82 St began in May 2023, with the Manhattan-bound platform closed through early 2024. We will then work on the Flushing-bound side through spring 2024.

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90 St-Elmhurst Av

While there are no planned changes for service at 90 St-Elmhurst Av, the station will be more crowded during closures of 82 St-Jackson Heights, and riders traveling from here should be sure to check the service status at their destination.

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Junction Blvd

While there are no planned changes for service at Junction Blvd, the station will be more crowded during closures of nearby local stations. Changes to  service mean that customers traveling to and from this station should allow additional travel time.

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103 St-Corona Plaza

As part of our state of good repair project at five stations on the , we will be replacing stairs; eliminating uneven walking surfaces by replacing the mezzanine floor and platform; upgrading the customer experience with new windscreens, artwork and painting; upgrading and installing light fixtures; and installing CCTV cameras to enhance safety. 

Work at 103 St-Corona Plaza is expected to last 10 months in 2025, with trains bypassing the station in each direction for five months at a time. Work on the Flushing-bound side will be first.

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111 St

As part of our state of good repair project at five stations on the , we will be replacing stairs; eliminating uneven walking surfaces by replacing the mezzanine floor and platform; upgrading the customer experience with new windscreens, artwork and painting; upgrading and installing light fixtures; and installing CCTV cameras to enhance safety. 

Work at 111 St began in May 2023, with the Manhattan-bound platform closed through early 2024. We will then work on the Flushing-bound side through spring 2024.

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Mets-Willets Point

No work is scheduled at Mets-Willets Point. Customers traveling to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park should be aware of service changes, particularly surrounding  express service, and allow for additional travel time.

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Flushing-Main Street

We installed eight new staircases to ease overcrowding and congestion on platform- and street-level stairs during peak hours. The new stairs will better accommodate both incoming and outgoing riders west of Main St while improving service for those using all stairs throughout the station. 

Four new street to mezzanine stairs were installed on the north and south corners of Main St and to the west of Main St along both the north and south sides of Roosevelt Ave. Four new mezzanine to platform stairs were also installed. Four existing street stairs were rehabilitated for ADA compliance and four existing platform stairs were reoriented. The mezzanine has been expanded and two new fare control areas with six new turnstiles are being constructed. The existing CCTV camera system has been upgraded and wayfinding signs within the station have been improved.

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