The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board voted on July 22 to approve a contract to bring full accessibility to a major station complex and an additional station in the Bronx.
The projects will bring elevators and other ADA features to the 149 St-Grand Concourse complex on the lines and the Tremont Avenue station.
“This contract reflects our commitment to ADA and to making our system more accessible as quickly as possible,” said MTA Construction & Development President Janno Lieber. “We’re taking advantage of synergies between the two projects, and the current lower ridership, to deliver these projects faster and cheaper — a win-win for the MTA and our customers.”
The projects will feature design-build services in order to draw from innovation, enhance efficiency, and minimize duration, cost and disruption to customers and will include:

  • At 149 St-Grand Concourse, a three-stop elevator connecting the street, upper platform and lower mezzanine, as well as two elevators connecting the upper platform, lower mezzanine and lower platform
  • At Tremont Avenue, one street-to-mezzanine elevator and two mezzanine-to-platform elevators
  • Reconstruction of stairs to current ADA standards

Construction on both projects is expected to begin in approximately three months after a preliminary design stage. The Tremont Avenue project is expected to take 24 months and the 149 St-Grand Concourse project will last 35 months. The stations will remain open during the project. The MTA was able to negotiate for a shortened construction schedule and a favorable price by moving the work forward while ridership is down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Making this station complex and station accessible brings us closer to our immediate goal of ensuring that no one is ever more than two stops away from an accessible subway station,” said Alex Elegudin, NYC transit senior advisor for Systemwide Accessibility. “The 149 St-Grand Concourse project will be particularly helpful for the many students of nearby Hostos Community College. The MTA is working hard to expand accessibility and these projects are a huge step in that direction.”
Work schedules and service plans will be determined and announced after a preliminary planning stage. The MTA will work closely with the contractor and local community to minimize disruption to customers and neighbors.
Jason Cohen is a contributing reporter for the Bronx Times. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to the Bronx five years ago. Jason has been a reporter for about 14 years and loves what he does. In particular, he enjoys covering meetings, events, writing features and informing the public about news. He also has a passion for sports and anything with controversy, and his other interests include watching movies and going to the beach. When he isn’t reporting or writing, Jason spends his weekends working at a bagel shop. And, yes, he’s also a Mets fan. So, “Sorry Bronxites.”
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