3 Subway Stations Will Close For 6 Months

NEW YORK, NY — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Friday when three Manhattan subway stops will shutter in July for six months of repairs.

The 57th Street station on the F line, the 28th Street stop on the 6 and the 23rd Street station on the F and M will receive structural repairs and upgrades during the sixth-month period and are expected to reopen in December, said MTA officials.

The MTA is staggering the closures with the 57th Street stop shuttering on July 9th, followed by 28th Street on July 16 and 23rd Street on July 23, said transit officials. PATH service at the 23rd Street station will be not be affected.

More than 70,000 straphanger use the three stations on a given week day with roughly 15,700 riders swiping into 57th Street, over 24,000 commuters hoping on the subway at 28th Street and approximately 31,000 customers using the 23rd Street station, according to MTA data. 

The improvements are part of a $124.9 million contract to update a total of five stations sorely in need of repairs. The 28th Street station is among the oldest in the subway system since opening on the day that service began in October 1904. The 23rd Street station began operating during World War II in December 1940 and the 57 Street station welcomed straphangers in July 1968, prior to the construction of the East River subway tunnel to Queens.

In addition to structural repairs, the new and improved stations will feature tech upgrades including digital signage with real-time information, countdown clocks, and brighter, more energy-efficient lighting.

Turnstile areas will be upgraded with glass barriers, security cameras, and new information centers featuring digital dashboards. Platforms will also receive a cosmetic and functional boost with new platform edge warning strips, accessible boarding areas, new seating, digital dashboards and countdown clocks.