The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced crews completed much-needed cosmetic and functional renovations of the Zerega Av subway station in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx. 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.
Over the last weekend, while planned track work and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades took place, transit workers installed new LED fixtures to brighten darkened areas, repaired concrete tripping hazards, cleaned service and emergency lighting, remediated water damage, and scrubbed and repainted station surfaces. The station uplift also includes refurbishment of transit employee facilities within the station as customers will now be able to enjoy a cleaner, brighter and revitalized Zerega Av station.
“Customers have said through surveys that cleanliness is key to their satisfaction while riding in public transit, so what better way to start the week off than arriving at a newly cleaned and re-New-vated station,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “New York City Transit's North Star is continuing to provide faster, cleaner, and safer service through tangible results that riders can see for themselves – a refurbished station is a great way to enhance the journey to your destination.”
“I applaud the MTA for selecting the Zerega Avenue train station for the Re-NEW-vation program,” said Assembly Member Karines Reyes, R.N. “These improvements will greatly benefit area residents and commuters’ quality of life, for those who traverse the Zerega Avenue Industrial Park, Westchester Square, or the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. I am hopeful that this smaller investment will lead to this station and others receiving more critically-needed funding.”
"I am very excited to see that the Zerega Avenue Station Re-NEW-vation has been completed! My community is reliant on the line as it is the only train our residents have direct access to, which makes cleanliness, maintenance, and accessibility essential to the day to day of my residents,” said NYC Council Member Amanda Farías “Zerega has been in deep need of the renovations and renewed investment, thank you to the MTA for prioritizing the Bronx in this new program."
“We are excited and pleased with the completion of New York City Transit’s Re-NEW-vation project at the Zerega Avenue station stop on the IRT Pelham Line,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “We are confident the new enhanced lighting, new signage, repainting, grouting, and more will be a delight to the hundreds of thousands that access it each day. I want to thank MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber and his entire team for this program aimed at providing faster, cleaner, and safer service to stops both here in the Bronx and throughout the City.”
Zerega Av is the twenty-eighth station to be enhanced with an upcoming refurbishment planned at Pelham Bay Park on the line. 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.