BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Following ongoing rallies by western Queens residents to call on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to include accessibility upgrades at the Astoria Boulevard subway station, the MTA has announced that the project will soon be underway.
At the Community Board 1 Transportation Committee meeting on April 11, the MTA announced an upgrade project at the Astoria Boulevard’s N and W subway station that will include elevators and ADA accessibility.
The station is expected to face a months-long closure to complete the upgrade.
“The MTA’s announcement is bittersweet,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria). “The planned ADA accessibility updates at the Astoria Boulevard station are a long time coming. Our community has spent years advocating for elevators at the station to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, parents with strollers, and seniors. However, our community’s experience with the MTA’s 30th Avenue station closure has left us with many burdens, concerns, and unanswered questions. While closing the station will bring some negative effects to our neighborhood during construction including longer commute times and more crowded stations, the added accessibility features will bring essential long-term infrastructure improvements to the station. I will continue to hold the authority accountable on this and other similar projects.”
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