Modernized Elevator Equipment Will Provide Better Service, Increase Reliability and Restore ADA Accessibility to the Station
Station is Part of Project to Replace 11 Elevators Throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that the elevator at the Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College station reopened ahead of schedule. The elevator was closed from July 7, 2021 as part of a larger ongoing project to replace 11 hydraulic elevators at seven stations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
“Another on schedule MTA project!” said MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “Projects like this prove the MTA’s project management strategies – like bundling – are working. The MTA is committed to building a 21st century fully accessible system that is the best way for riders to navigate the city.”
“Modernized equipment means customers can expect smoother and more reliable service for the long haul,” said MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “Between our new approaches to delivery and public-private partnerships, dozens of stations will receive accessibility improvements, which is another testament to the MTA’s commitment to a fully accessible transit system.”
“Reliable and modernized elevators are crucial not only for people with mobility disabilities, but also any riders traveling with luggage, strollers, or bicycles,” said MTA Chief Accessibility Officer Quemuel Arroyo. “Accessibility is one of the MTA’s top priorities, and I am glad to see projects like the one at the Flatbush Av-Brooklyn College station are being completed faster than ever before.”
The elevator replacement project includes:
- Full replacement of elevator cab and associated equipment within the cab, shaft and pit. Modernized parts will mean a smoother ride and more reliable service.
- Replacing and modernizing all machine room equipment for better and more reliable service.
- Replacing and modernizing all CCTV and fire alarm equipment for enhanced security.
- Upgrading the LiftNet remote monitoring equipment to allow crews to respond more quickly to future maintenance concerns.
Work to install a new elevator serving the Manhattan-bound platform at the nearby Church Av station began today, Wednesday, Dec. 22 and is expected to be completed in Spring 2022. The station will remain open, and the elevator to the Brooklyn-bound platform will remain open. For an accesible travel alternative, customers are encouraged to use the elevators that access the B44/B44 SBS bus routes, or take the Brooklyn-bound to the Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College station.
Real-time elevator status information is available on the MTA website, and MTA maps on digital screens throughout the system are updated to reflect long-term elevator outages. Additionally, print and digital signs will be posted in stations, along with announcements in stations and on trains. Customer service notifications are also available on the MTA website, the MYmta app and the Authority’s many social media channels. Customers can also sign up for text and email alerts including on elevator status at www.myMTAalerts.com.