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Keeping elevators reliable

Here's the schedule of elevator replacement and upgrade projects and planned outages

Elevators are an essential accessibility feature at more than 100 subway stations, helping thousands of customers move through our subway system every day. Safe, reliable service is our priority, including when it comes to maintaining our fleet of more than 300 elevators. 

To ensure safety and reliability, occasionally we must take elevators out of service for replacement and upgrade. While these elevator replacement projects take several months, they are a necessary improvement that results in more modern machines that provide a smoother ride and more reliable service. We will be replacing elevators at several stations in the upcoming months because they are nearing the end of their useful life. 

These projects include: 

  • Full replacement of elevator cab and associated equipment within the cab, shaft, and pit, along with any modifications to the shaft and pit needed to accommodate new equipment. Modernized parts will mean a smoother ride and more reliable service for customers
  • Replacing and modernizing all machine room equipment for better and more reliable service
  • Replacing and modernizing all CCTV and fire alarm equipment for enhanced security
  • Upgrading the LiftNet remote monitoring equipment to allow us to respond more quickly and precisely if an elevator goes out of service
     

We know that these elevator projects impact our customers, and we want to make sure you have information to plan your travels accordingly. Look for signage in stations and read on to learn more about the timeline for these projects, and remember to visit our Elevator & Escalator Status page for the real-time status of machines throughout the system. 

Current Outages

We know that these elevator projects impact your travel, and we want to make sure you have information to plan accordingly. Look for signage in stations, and keep reading to learn more about the timeline and your options during these projects. Remember to visit our Elevator & Escalator Status page for the real-time status of elevators throughout the system. 

 

Church Av 

Elevator EL320 at the corner of Nostrand Av and Church Ave, serving the Manhattan-bound platform, is out of service through spring 2022. 

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Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av/JFK Airport 
 
Elevator EL411 from the mezzanine to the  platform is out of service through April 2022.

Take a Jamaica-bound Q24 bus (Archer Av and Sutphin Blvd) to the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer  station (Archer Av and 158 St). For detailed alternative accessible travel options visit the Elevator & Escalator status page. Additional information is posted on signage in the station and on the MYmta app.

 

Inwood/207 St  

Elevator EL148 from the street to the mezzanine and elevator EL149 from the mezzanine to the downtown platform are out of service through June 2022.

An alternative accessible travel option during this outage is taking the downtown Bx7 bus to 178 St and Broadway for the 175 St   station. For detailed alternative accessible travel options to and from this station, visit the Elevator & Escalator status page. Additional information is posted on signage in the station and on the MYmta app.

 

Grand Central-42 St 

Elevator EL206 from the mezzanine to the uptown  platform is out of service through March 2022.

Alternative accessible travel options during this outage includes the 51 St station. For detailed alternative accessible travel options to and from this station, visit the Elevator & Escalator status page. Additional information is posted on signage in the station and on the MYmta app.

 

34 St – Herald Sq

The following elevators are out of service through April 2022:
Elevator EL209 serving the downtown    platform.
Elevator EL212 serving the uptown  platform.

Alternative accessible travel options during these outages include nearby 34 St-Penn Station  , 47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Center or the M5 and M7 bus routes. For detailed alternative accessible travel options to and from the impacted platforms at Herald Square, visit the Elevator & Escalator status page. Additional information is posted on signage in the station and on the MYmta app.

 

Roosevelt Island 

The following elevator is out of service through March 2022:
Elevator EL403 serving the Manhattan-bound platform.

Alternative accessible travel options during this outage include 21 St-Queensbridge , Lexington Av/63 St or the Q102 bus. Additional information will be posted on signage in the station and the MYmta app.

Once this elevator is back in service, we will begin work on elevator EL404 serving the Queens-bound platform.

 

34 St – Penn Station

The following elevator is out of service through January 2022:
Elevator EL215 serving the   platform in both directions.

Alternative accessible travel options during this outage include the adjacent   platforms at Penn Station, nearby Times Square – 42 St  station, and the M7 or M20 bus routes. For detailed alternative accessible travel options to and from Penn Station, visit the Elevator & Escalator status page. Additional information is posted on signage in the station and on the MYmta app.

Once this elevator is back in service, we will begin work on the second pair of platform elevators at this station which serve the  line in both directions.

These elevator replacements are part of a bigger renovation project throughout Penn Station, which will improve accessibility across Penn Station and include an additional new elevator.

Upcoming Outages

We will post alternative travel information on signage in the station, our website, and the MYmta app when the closure begins.

34 St - Penn Station 

When elevator EL215 serving the  express platform is back in service we will be closing elevators EL214 and EL216 serving the  local platform. This elevator will remain out of service for approximately six months from the date of shutdown. 

 

Grand Central-42 St 

When elevator EL206 from the mezzanine to the uptown  platform is back in service we will be closing elevator EL205 serving the mezzanine to the downtown  platform for approximately six months.