The MTA announced today that three stations in Manhattan—used by an estimated 70,000 riders—are set to close until December for repairs. The closures will primarily affect riders on the F line or, as those of us who have to live off the perpetually delayed line might say, once again F us over.
“We have had great success with these projects in terms of how much work can be done a short span of time when construction crews have total round-the-clock access,” NYC Transit President Andy Byford said in a statement. “We thank customers for their patience as we make these repairs and improvements, which will bring practical benefits to our customers for many decades on.”
On July 9, the 57th St F station is set to close, followed by the 28th St 6 station on July 16. Subway service will be suspended from the 23rd St F and M station on July 23 (easy enough to remember), but the connecting PATH station there will remain open and PATH service will continue. Dodged a bullet there, Hoboken!
Though it may be a bit of a pain for those who rely on the stations on a daily basis, there will at least be something to look forward to when the three stations reopen in December. In addition to basic repairs, the stations are set to be outfitted with digital signs, countdown clocks, new railings or canopies, brighter lighting, glass barriers and digital dashboards with wayfinding information.
So just think of it as being featured on a very long makeover show that you didn’t sign up for that only improves a very specific portion of your life.