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Getting Around Grand Central While We Work

Check here for updates on alternate travel options while work inside the station continues

As part of the 42 St Connection Project, we're replacing elevators, escalators, and adding new stairs to make it easier to get in to, out of, and around Grand Central Station.

We're taking a phased approach to this work to minimize the impact on accessible travel.

Blue wayfinding tape in Grand Central Station to help you navigate to elevators.We're also taking extra steps to help you navigate these changes. You may notice bright blue tape on the floor of the mezzanine and platforms. This is called "wayfinding tape," and it's intended to guide you to the elevators for the Uptown and Downtown 4/5/6 trains and the new elevator near Lexington Avenue, which provides access between the street and the mezzanine. On the platform, the tape continues to guide you to the Accessible Boarding Area at the center of the platform.

Elevators

In this phase of the work, one elevator in Grand Central is temporarily out service: One of two elevators that provides access between the street and the mezzanine at Grand Central (scheduled to reopen summer 2020).

Alternate Accessible Travel Options

If you are on 42 St and need to take the 4/5/6:

  • Use the elevator at the northeast corner of Lexington Av and 42 St to enter the station, following the blue tape on the floor
  • Use the elevators in the subway mezzanine to reach the uptown or downtown 4/5/6 platforms, following the blue tape on the floor

Escalators

During this phase of the work, the escalators between the 42 St passageway and subway mezzanine in Grand Central Station are currently being redesigned and rebuilt. They're scheduled to reopen in summer 2020.

Alternate Travel Options

To go down from the 42 St passageway to the subway mezzanine, use the staircase across the hallway. To go up from the mezzanine to the 42 St passageway, use the staircase to the right of the escalator barricade.

Stairs

In Grand Central, we permanently closed the staircase between Tracks 3 and 4 that connects the Shuttle platform and the mezzanine near Madison Ave. In its place, we're building a single, wider stair that will provide 50% more capacity.

Alternate Travel Options

While we work, use the complementary staircase that goes to the same street exit, located between the Shuttle platform and the mezzanine between Tracks 1 and 3.

Train Service

The 42 St Shuttle will continue to operate most times while we work through 2022, but will have reduced service and some service changes on nights and weekends.

Alternate Travel Options

Full schedule of 42 St Shuttle service changes and alternative travel options