The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the completion of the elevator replacement at the 191 St   station two months ahead of schedule. The early completion is allowing the Authority to accelerate the elevator replacement at the 181 St  station, which is scheduled to begin on Dec. 5, well ahead of its originally scheduled March 2021 start date.
The project completion comes at a time when the MTA forecasts a deficit of $16 billion through 2024 and is urgently asking Congress for $12 billion in emergency aid in its next COVID-19 relief package. In the absence of the needed federal funding, the Authority has suspended awarding new capital contracts except for those that are funded under previous programs or make use of use-it-or-lose-it federal dollars.
The replacement work at these stations are part of the broader elevator replacement work at five separate “deep” stations in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan—168 St, 181 St, 191 St on the  line; 181 St and 190 St on the   line. For many customers there, the elevators are utilized both for accessing the subway as well as more easily traversing the neighborhood’s unique, steep topography.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working safely and getting projects done, and in many cases – like here at 191st Street – getting them done ahead of schedule,” said Janno Lieber, President of MTA Construction & Development. “We need the federal government to provide critical funding so the MTA can execute the historic 2020-2024 capital plan and continue to complete more of these projects faster and less expensively than ever before.”
The MTA announced the early completion of the 168 St elevator replacement in Dec. 2019. On the   line, the 181 St elevator replacement was completed on schedule and reopened on Aug. 3. The final  line station, 190 St, is in progress; the station remains open for passenger service and the elevators are scheduled to reopen in September 2021.
The work at 181 St   will be the final station in this project and includes:
The 181 St station opened in 1906 and is listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places. Elevators in the station reach a depth of 122 feet below ground.
Bus Service Options for 181 St Project
The 181 St Station will be closed during construction. To accommodate affected customers the MTA has outlined a robust alternative bus service travel plan. Customers wishing to travel to the 181 St station should use the M3 bus, which operates 24/7. NYC Transit will monitor customer volume and will provide additional bus service between 168 St and 191 St stations. Customers can also use the M101 if they are traveling on Amsterdam Av.
Northbound M3 buses will not stop at 181 St due to the construction site. Customers looking to get off at that stop should use the stops at 179 St or 184 St instead. Bx3 and Bx36 customers traveling towards the Bronx will get off at the Bx11-Bx13-Bx35 stop on the southwest corner of 181 St and St. Nicholas Ave.
Full schedules and additional information on the project are available here.
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