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MTA Completes Re-NEW-Vation at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av JFK Airport J/Z Section of the Station

New York City Transit
Updated May 8, 2023 3:30 p.m.
mezzanine ceiling repainted and damaged ceiling tiles replaced

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced crews have completed renovation of the line section of the Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av JFK Airport subway station in Jamaica, Queens. The renovation efforts are part of New York City Transit’s Re-NEW-vation campaign to bring targeted resources to rebuild components of a station within a 55-hour window, capitalizing on planned weekend outages to perform the work to minimize impact to customers.

This past weekend, while a track outage was in effect to accommodate escalator replacement work, NYC transit crews brought several enhancements to the station to reveal a brighter, fresher station. Crews scraped, primed, and painted the entire station, installed new LED fixtures in poorly lit areas, replaced wall, ceiling and floor tiles where needed, and replaced the iconic stairway square green lights. Rehabilitation work was also done at critical back-of-house facilities utilized by NYC Transit employees.

“The Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av subway station is one of the busiest stations in Queens with its direct connection to the JFK Airport and Long Island Rail Road, so we’re thrilled that we were able to revamp a part of this multi-platform station,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “Customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from past re-NEW-vation efforts, and we look forward to continuing our progress to deliver noticeable station upgrades and improve the customer experience.”

“I am excited and pleased that the ReNEWvation efforts at Sutphin/Archer are completed,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks. “With this station serving as a major transit hub in Southeast Queens and NYC, these necessary upgrades will deliver an overall cleaner and safer experience for New Yorkers, which they deserve.”

"Keeping our subways safe, clean and vibrant have been a priority of mine especially as we try to restore ridership and faith in the system," said State Senator Leroy Comrie. "The recent completion of renovation work at Sutphin Blvd-Archer Ave JFK Airport Station, including new lighting, cleaning and painting, are good first steps. The Re-NEW-vation campaign's efforts to provide a better experience for both riders and transit employees, is welcomed news as we continue to push the MTA to do more to ensure we have the best public transit system in the nation."

“The completion of the Station Re-NEW-vation Program is just one step forward towards the betterment of our city," said NYC Council Member Nantasha Williams. "I’m excited to hear that the renovation of the Sutphin Blvd- Archer Av subway station has been completed, as it is one of the busiest stations in Queens! I look forward to the continued efforts of the MTA in improving the satisfaction of our subway riders.”

In March, the Agency announced its next round of stations to undergo re-NEW-vation efforts, placing them on track to meet the goal of completing 50 stations by the end of 2023. To date, NYC Transit has completed 27 re-NEW-vations, and up next is the Zerega Av station.

About the Station Re-NEW-vation Program
The Station Re-NEW-vation Program is one of the major initiatives in NYC Transit’s Faster, Cleaner and Safer plan to improve subway customer experience. The program was initiated with a soft launch over the summer of 2022 on the line in the Bronx, deep cleaning and renovating components of nine stations along the Grand Concourse line while the stations were closed for state of good repair work. Cleanliness is one of the top five attributes customers cite in surveys that would improve satisfaction and encourage them to travel more. In response, NYC Transit developed this program integrating renovations into planned station outages.