Take a Look at What We’ve Done to the 149 St-Grand Concourse Station
Often derided as one of the least appealing subway stations in the system, the 149 St – Grand Concourse station in the Bronx has gone through an aesthetic transformation befitting one of the most heavily used mass transit hubs in the City and the borough’s fourth busiest station. Much of work focused on cleaning and brightening the station complex and addressing water conditions as well.
Making good on a commitment to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, MTA New York City Transit recently completed component improvement work on a $19 million upgrade of the stop. The complex is actually made up of two separate stations, the older of which is on the lower level and serves the lines while the upper level station serves the line. About 14,000 customers enter the station on an average weekday, with 15,000 riders transferring between the on the lower level and another 30,000 riders switching between the on the upper level and the on the lower level.
While not new, the station is noticeably brighter and cleaner. One of the major complaints about the station was the number of water leaks which often resulted in puddles. Remediation work included grouting several areas along the platforms, mezzanines and passageways and the removal and replacement of old drip pans throughout the mezzanines. Reconstruction of platform edges and the installation of running boards and ADA warning strips were also performed. Other work included:
- Repairs to platforms and stair surfaces;
- Replacement of damaged wall tiles and mosaics in all areas of the station complex;
- Painting of the entire station complex;
- Improvements to lighting passageways and mezzanine lighting;
- New lighting, ventilation , public address system and signage throughout the station and;
- Cleaning and draining of the track beds on both levels.
The project began in June 2012 and was performed by NYC Transit in-house forces.