2012-01-25 / Front Page

Elevator Installations At Forest Hills Subway Stop Announced

(L. to r.); State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz and city Transit Vice President of Government and Community Relations Lois H. Tendler at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue Subway, where construction is under way.
(L. to r.); State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz and city Transit Vice President of Government and Community Relations Lois H. Tendler at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue Subway, where construction is under way. State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials announced the beginning of work at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue subway stop to make it fully accessible for persons with disabilities.

“People with disabilities must be guaranteed fair and equal access to all public services,” said Stavisky. “The disabled, who are often isolated, their mobility restricted, will not be the only beneficiaries. People with baby carriages, as well as those with luggage, will also benefit.”

The 71st Avenue stop is serviced by the E, F, M and R lines and is used by thousands of riders every day. The MTA will install three elevators to service the station: one near the intersection of Queens Boulevard South and 70th Road that will connect the street to the mezzanine subway level, and two other elevators that will connect the mezzanine level to the Manhattan-bound and Jamaica-bound platforms. In addition to the elevators, the MTA will also be doing platform work, including installing ADA-compliant boarding areas and tactile warning strips and signs, and modifying platform edges and control area gates to meet ADA requirements.

Koslowitz echoed these sentiments, saying, “I am pleased that the MTA is making these important changes to the 71st Avenue subway stop, which will accommodate people with disabilities and make the station ADA compliant. Everyone should have equal access to our city’s mass transit system and this is a step in the right direction.”

The work began in September and is scheduled to finish October, 2013. It will also require several changes in service on the Queens Boulevard subway lines. The MTA will notify the public as well as elected officials in advance of these disruptions to minimize their impact.

“With the ever increasing pedestrian traffic to the Austin Street shopping area, I applaud the MTA for bringing the Forest Hills-71st Avenue subway stop up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Hevesi. “This renovation will greatly increase train accessibility for residents of our community, while also providing more neighboring residents access to the shops in Forest Hills.”
 

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