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MTA Announces Upcoming Station Renovations at Cypress Hills, 75 St, and 85 St Stations on the J and Z Line

New York City Transit
Updated Feb 17, 2023 2:30 p.m.
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Queens-Bound and Service Will Bypass 75 St–Elderts Lane Until Summer 2023 While Work is Performed

Renovations will Bring Accessibility Upgrades, Structural Improvements, and Enhanced Lighting and Stair Conditions to All Three Stations

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced planned station renovations and improvements at Cypress Hills, 75 St–Elderts Lane on the and and 85 St on the in Brooklyn and Queens. The three elevated stations will receive critical state of good repair work, as well as improvements to enhance accessibility and customer safety. The renovations will occur in phases to minimize service impacts and have an estimated completion in the third quarter of 2025.

train customers in Brooklyn and Queens will have a lot to look forward to when this project is completed,” said MTA Construction and Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “These renovations will bring vital improvements to three stations, enhancing safety and accessibility while ensuring these stations are in a state of good repair for decades to come.”

“The improvements coming to these three stations will be a game changer for line customers in Cypress Hills and Woodhaven,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “When completed, our customers will benefit from faster, cleaner, and safer service at these enhanced stations. As service is impacted by this critical work, we will make sure that customers are given advance notice as they plan their journeys.”

Queens-bound trains will bypass 75 St – Elderts Lane beginning on Monday, Feb. 27. Work will begin on the Manhattan-bound platform in the late summer of 2023. Work at 85 St – Forest Parkway will start on the Queens-bound side in the late winter of 2024, and in the summer of 2024 on the Manhattan-bound platform.

This work is being coordinated with the installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) elevators at Woodhaven Blvd, with trains skipping Woodhaven Blvd in the same direction starting on Feb. 27.

The station renovation will bring several improvements to the three stations. Stations will have renewed platforms, structural repairs to the mezzanine levels, and extended canopies over stairs, providing better weather protection. Windscreens will be upgraded and will include laminated glass artwork installed by MTA Arts & Design.

Upgrades will also include rehabilitating platform components, such as installation of detectible warning strips at platform edges and minimizing gaps between trains and platforms.

Customers will receive notification about the renovations and related service impacts well in advance in and around stations through multilingual signage.

During the duration of this project and trains will make all stops between Jamaica Center Parsons/Archer and Crescent St, except for stations which are being bypassed for this construction. Customers whose station is skipped, can exit the train at the following stop and back-ride to their desired station.

To ensure community safety during the renovation process at the three above-ground stations, protective shielding will be constructed while work is performed. In addition, the MTA has environmental mitigation plans to address public and safety concerns.

Typical work hours for the project will be Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, the MTA and contractors will work with local businesses and street vendors to ensure pedestrian safety and mitigate any impact to business during the renovation process.