The MTA will temporarily close one of the most frequently used A train stations along Liberty Avenue at Rockaway Boulevard starting early next week.
The Queens-bound platform of the Rockaway Boulevard station is set to close on Feb. 9 at 5 a.m. as part of a $39 million capital project at five stations along the A train on Liberty Avenue, according to the MTA. The station is the closest stop to the bus transit hub located on the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
The renewal work at Rockaway Boulevard will mean replacement of the mezzanine-to-platform stairs, mezzanine floors, doors and windows, and interior and exterior walls. It will also be painted, and canopies, windscreen panels and railings will be replaced. The work is expected to stretch from February to May, according to the MTA.
Along with these fixes, the transit agency will install new lighting in the mezzanine area and new artwork. Similar work has already been done on some A train stations on Liberty Avenue, such as 88 St.-Boyd Ave, where work was finished at the end of September.
Other stations that have and will benefit from this project are 80th Street, 104th Street.-Oxford Avenue and 111th Street-Greenwood Avenue. Work has been completed at two of the five up to this point — 104th Street and 88th Street.
The MTA said that these renewals will include “enhanced safety features, and upgraded communications, and will create significantly better travel conditions for customers.”
Following the completion of the Queens-bound side of the Rockaway train station, the MTA will move to the Manhattan-bound side and continue their work on that side. That portion of the project is expected to start in May of this year.