MTA 2011 Highlights: More Service Options for Subway Customers
In 2011, the MTA focused on delivering on some long-promised benefits for our 8.5 million customers. This is the sixth in a daily series that recaps the best of 2011.
The MTA continues to invest in its infrastructure and stations in order to provide customers with new travel options. In 2011, Queens' subway riders welcomed the expansion of Long Island City's new Court Square Subway Station Complex to include a more convenient transfer option. The completion of this project links the G Line station at Long Island City-Court Square with the Court Square Station on the 7 line and the Court Square-23rd Street Station on the E and M lines.
This transfer benefits approximately 20,000 customers each weekday significantly impacting a growing residential area. A major part of the project was Citigroup's construction of a direct enclosed free transfer between the Court Square 7 and Long Island City-Court Square Stations on the E, G and M. Customers no longer need to leave the system and re-enter with their MetroCards to make this transfer.
The new transfer area features two escalators, three ADA elevators, a transfer stairway between the G and 7 mezzanines and a stairway connecting the Court Square 7 station's mezzanine with the northeast corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street. A passageway and moving sidewalk already connects the Long Island City-Court Square Station G with the Court Square-23rd Street Station E, M.
In September, the MTA reopened the downtown side of the Cortlandt Street R subway station in time for the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack. The northbound side of the Cortlandt Street station reopened in November 2009.
The collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 caused significant damage to the Cortlandt Street R station as well as the Cortlandt Street station on the 1 line, which remains out of service. The R Line station remained closed for one year while damage from the collapse was repaired. The station then operated from September 15, 2002 until August 20, 2005, when it was closed again for the excavation and construction of the Dey Street Passageway. This pedestrian concourse will serve as a vital link between the Cortlandt Street station and the Fulton Street Transit Center currently under construction by MTA Capital Construction.
There is also a project underway to provide a free transfer between the Sixth Avenue Line to the uptown 6 at the Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker Street stations. This project is slated for completion in 2012. In 2010, the MTA linked two stations, Jay Street (A, C, F) and Lawrence Street (R) into the Jay Street-MetroTech complex improving travel options for thousands of subway riders in Brooklyn.