The Astoria Boulevard subway station went into service more than 100 years ago, in 1917. Age and increasingly extreme weather have taken their toll, and its structure is in dire need of serious repairs. To finish the work as safely and as quickly as possible, we will be closing the station for nine months, between March and December 2019.
Although we regret the disruption a full station closure will cause, we are using this as an opportunity to build four new elevators, making Astoria Blvd fully ADA-compliant—and working toward our commitment to provide an additional 50 accessible stations for our customers over the next five years.
What we're doing
New Mezzanine and Walkways: We will completely rebuild the station mezzanine and walkways, making them larger and higher off the street to prevent trucks from hitting the bottom of the station as they enter and exit the Grand Central Parkway. To further increase truck clearance, we will also lower the roadway by removing layers of asphalt and resurfacing the intersection.
Accessibility: While we are undertaking the structural repairs, we will also install four new ADA-compliant elevators, as well as new platform edges, boarding zones, railings, lighting and other features designed to ensure that the station is accessible to everyone.
Platform: The platform will be completely repaired and will include new staircases, benches, lighting, canopy roofs and platform shelters.
Impact to service
Customers can use the Ditmars Blvd or 30 Av stations to access NW service during the Astoria Blvd station closure. Both stations have undergone recent improvements that will accommodate additional customers.
To expedite the work on this project, for approximately 13 weekends, NW service will not run north of Queensboro Plaza. During these weekends, shuttle buses will provide alternative service. When the dates are finalized, this page will be updated to provide full details.
Impact on traffic
Vehicular traffic on 31st St and Hoyt Ave South will be impacted by work on the station. During the project's normal work hours, provided below, the work site will expand into the street. However, we will maintain at least four travel lanes on Hoyt Ave North, five travel lanes on Hoyt Ave South, and one lane of traffic in each direction on 31st St.
Additionally, the intersection of 31st St and Hoyt Ave South will close for approximately 20 weekends while we demolish and rebuild the mezzanine, install elevators and resurface the street. During these weekends, traffic will be rerouted around the work site to keep everyone safe. This page will be updated to include the weekend dates and a map of the detour, once they are finalized. During these closures, Hoyt Ave North will remain open.
Work hours are Mon-Fri, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and Sat-Sun, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
For a more in-depth look at the work we will do and why we're doing it, click below to download the presentation we made to Community Board 1 on Jan. 7, 2019.