MTA to Add Three Elevators at Borough Hall Station

Gothamist reports that the MTA plans major changes to the Borough Hall subway station:

At Brooklyn’s busy Borough Hall station, MTA officials . . . seek approval for a separate $106 million contract to add three new elevators, work to reduce the gap between platforms and train cars, and other infrastructure improvements. The construction will make the entire station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to transit officials.

The Gothamist story also reports that the MTA plans “the installation of 21 new elevators at eight stations across the city [including those at Borough Hall], as well as 14 elevator replacements at five other stations.”

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  • Jorale-man

    It appears they also plan to (finally) start fixing the crumbling tiles and terra cotta decorations along the 4/5 tracks. The station has a long way to go but it’s a start.

  • nomcebo manzini

    It has been said many times that the “books” of the MTA are every bit as opaque as those of FTX. I know that there is a court order in place requiring that access be addressed, and I support it with one big reservation – Are we talking $billions (over the years) to make it possible for a few hundred rides per year by what may be only a dozen individuals?! That’s a guess, I admit, but it’s based on the reality that those who need elevators – mostly, people in wheelchairs – face all kinds of obstacles apart from the elevators. Rush hour?? I don’t think so.

    Buses clearly are more accommodating and likely always will be.

    Cost per ride SHOULD figure in some decisions. I hope I don’t sound heartless in saying, “Let them take cabs.” Looks to me like a win-win, because you KNOW that the $100 million that they pencil in for this one station will wind up at 2-3x that when all is said and done.

    It’s obvious that the City’s public transp. system is in quiet crisis status. A smallish amount of money should allow interconnectivity between ferries and the rest. EVERY effort should be made to get more people out of ubers & lyfts and onto public transit … BEFORE things get so desperate that they tinker with 24-7 service…. Mark my words….