42 St Connection Project

A New Experience Underneath 42 St

We’re investing in the corridor underneath 42 St, at Grand Central, Bryant Park and Times Square Stations—from redesigning passageways and platforms and adding elevators, to expanding stairways and transforming the 42 St Shuttle train into a fully accessible service. Combined, these projects are modernizing a major transit corridor in New York City: 42 Street.

This is a historic corridor, and a lot has changed since the tracks on which the 42 St Shuttle run opened as part of the original subway system over 100 years ago. Namely, the number of customers who use it every day—more than use the entire Boston subway and bus system daily.

Today, these stations are too crowded, and too inaccessible, so we're fixing that. The work we’re doing will make the journey faster and accessible for people with all abilities—connecting more of New York for more New Yorkers.

Learn about the 42 St Connection Project

What We're Doing

We're creating more mezzanine space. Redesigning staircases. Adding elevators and reconstruction old ones to reduce breakdowns. We're doing all of this work across multiple projects which we've phased to minimize the impact to your commute. Stations and service will remain open with limited changes.

Combined, these projects have multiple benefits for customers who pass through the 42 St corridor, including:

More Space to Move

We’re opening and expanding platforms and mezzanines. We’re adding more turnstiles. We’re widening existing stairways and adding new ones. You’ll have more space to move and get around, so you can spend less of your commute navigating our stations and get to your destination that much faster.

Learn how we're making more space

More Reliable

We’re overhauling the existing escalators and adding new ones to the Grand Central Station complex. We’re upgrading and adding modern elevators, too.

Read about our new, more reliable equipment

More Accessible

While the rest of Times Square and Grand Central meet ADA standards, the link that connects them remains inaccessible to too many people: the 42 St Shuttle. We’re fixing that. From end-to-end, the 42 St corridor will be open and accessible to everyone, connecting more of New York for more New Yorkers.

See how we're making the 42 St Shuttle accessible

How to Navigate Service and Space Changes

We're keeping service running and stations open as much as possible to minimize the impact on your commute. Certain projects require temporary closures of escalators, elevators and entrances, and other projects will fully close some entrances while we rebuild new, bigger ones. 

Select a station or service to get the latest on changes and learn how to subscribe to updates:

42 St Shuttle

Grand Central

Times Square

The Heart of the City

New York City is at the center of so much, and 42 Street is physically in the middle of it. For more than 100 years, our multiple transit hubs have been central to our regional network of transportation systems that fuel the economic and cultural prosperity of the Greater New York City area. Improvements to Times Square and Grand Central Station and Terminal will have positive ripple effects throughout the rest of the system, and your everyday journey.

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