MTA plans upgrade to Lefferts Boulevard A train station


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen
THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

MTA is planning to add an elevator and revamp the staircases at the Lefferts Boulevard A-train station.

It could be a big lift for subway riders.

MTA officials are planning a partial revamp of the Lefferts Boulevard A train station, including the installation of an elevator.

The nearly 100-year-old station does not have any handicap accessibility at present. Along with the elevator, the MTA’s plans include new stairs and a new roof on the platform.

The project comes at the cost of several parking spots. A bus stop will be relocated within the parking lot to accommodate the new stairs.

“In addition to the elevator, this is going to give everyone more of an outlet,” said MTA representative Joe Raskin.

However, some residents are concerned that the elevator will entice vandals.

“We have a problem at night where people hang out, urinate,” said Richmond Hill South Civic Association President Margaret Finnerty. “How are you going to control that?”

Raskin said the MTA will prioritize safety and work with transit police to make sure the station stays safe.

“If there is a situation like that that develops,” he said, “it’s going to be a matter for the transportation bureau of the NYPD to have people there as a proactive thing. And we would work with them on that to make sure they know about the situation.”

The project will be awarded to a contractor on September 30, according to Vinod Patel, acting design manager for the MTA.

 

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