The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced crews completed much-needed aesthetic and functional renovations of the 145 St subway station in West Harlem. This work is part of New York City Transit (NYCT)’s Re-NEW-Vation Program, which utilizes planned weekend service outages to perform upgrades, repairs, and enhanced cleaning in stations within a 55-hour window, providing customers with overhauled stations when service interruptions end on Mondays. The Station Re-NEW-Vation Program is one of the major initiatives in New York City Transit’s Faster, Cleaner and Safer plan to improve the subway customer experience.
“Customers have been crystal clear in surveys that cleaner stations will increase their satisfaction with riding on public transportation and we're directly responding to that feedback,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “The tangible aesthetic improvements introduced at 145 St station in West Harlem are the result of NYCT’s continued commitment to delivering faster, cleaner, and safer service.”
Over the last weekend, while planned structural maintenance took place, transit workers installed new LED fixtures, and washed and re-lamped existing lighting to brighten darkened areas, secured loose floor tiles to prevent trips and falls, replaced and scrubbed wall tiles, and scraped, primed and repainted station surfaces. The station uplift also included refurbishment of transit employee facilities within the station as customers will now be able to enjoy a cleaner, brighter and revitalized 145 St station.
“New York City subways are the lifeblood of our city and an integral part of our communities, and we must ensure they remain viable and accessible for all who call our city home,” said Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “The 145 St. subway station underwent renovations and structural maintenance last weekend, and these much-needed ‘re-new-vations’ that include new lighting fixtures, floor tiles, and station surfaces give the station a new and vibrant look and feel. I am excited about New York City Transit’s Faster, Cleaner, and Safer plan and commend all who worked to bring this effort to fruition.”
“Public transportation should be dependable, safe, and comfortable,” said Councilmember Shaun Abreu. “The 145th St. Station has served West Harlem for generations, and I applaud the MTA for making critical renovations to this station so that it can better serve our community.”
145 St station is the 40th station to be enhanced with an upcoming refurbishment planned at Marcy Av on the J line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In total, NYCT plans to complete 50 “re-new-vations" by the end of the year.
About the Station Re-NEW-Vation Program
The Station Re-NEW-Vation Program is one of the major initiatives in New York City Transit’s Faster, Cleaner and Safer plan to improve the subway customer experience. The program was initiated with a soft launch over the summer of 2022 on the line in the Bronx, including deep cleaning and renovating components of nine stations along that line, while stations were closed for state of good repair work underway in tunnels. Cleanliness is one of the top five attributes customers cite in surveys that would improve satisfaction and encourage increased ridership. In response, NYC Transit developed this program integrating renovations into planned station outages.