Updated August 9, 2021
The elevators that currently serve 168 St, 181 St, and 191 St on the train, and 181 St and 190 St on the train, are over 80 years old. They’ve been in service since those stations first opened in the early 1900s. While that is an impressive run, as they’ve aged, the elevators have become more and more unreliable. Water damage has only made the reliability issues worse.
So, over the course of the next three years, we’re removing the existing elevator equipment at each station and replacing it with new elevator systems within the existing shafts. These new elevators will:
- Provide faster, more reliable service
- Reduce crowding with additional points of entry at 168 St station and 191 St station, and wider doors at 181 St on the train
- Provide security with two CCTV security cameras in each elevator
- Use new technology to allow us to respond more quickly and precisely if an elevator malfunctions
- Add a back-up power supply to allow customers to exit the elevator if there is a loss of power to the station
Schedule of work
190 Station: August 29, 2020 - September 2021 (now November 2021)
Construction began August 29, 2020. As part of our work, we found unanticipated issues with some of the steel beams that support the elevator shaft. We have now successfully rectified the issue and replaced these distorted beams, and the project is scheduled for completion in November 2021. The elevators are out-of-service for the duration of the project. While we work, trains will continue to serve the station with access through the passageway to Bennett Avenue.
Travel Alternative for Ft. Washington customers: Use the 181 St station by taking a short ride on the M4 or M98 bus. Newly renovated elevators at the northern end of the 181 St station are back in service. During elevator installation work, there will be no access between Bennett Av and Ft. Washington Av/Margaret Corbin Circle via this station. Plan your trip at mta.info.
March 2021 - March 2022 December 5, 2020 - December 2021
The station opened in 1906. It is also listed on the US Register of Historic Places, and reaches a depth of 122 feet below ground. Construction began December 5, 2020 and is scheduled for completion in December 2021. Since we finished the elevators at 191 St so early, we're able to accelerate this project so that it takes place during this period of lower ridership.
191 Station: February 2020 -
February 2021 November 2020
The new elevators are in service! Construction began February 1, 2020, and wrapped up way ahead of schedule on November 24, 2020, instead of February 2021, dramatically minimizing the impact on our customers.
181 Station: August 3, 2019 - August 2, 2020
New elevators are in service! The 181 St station opened in 1932, and is listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The elevator carries customers down 106 feet to the lower mezzanine. We have completely replaced the elevators, their components and mechanical equipment.
168 Station: January 5, 2019 -
January 2020 December 20, 2019
We're done! trains began serving the 168 St station on December 20, 2019 — weeks before the scheduled completion.
Here's a rundown of everything we did:
- Replaced the elevators
- Repaired the elevator shafts
- Reopened rear vestibules at the lower mezzanine to ease boarding and exiting the elevators
- Installed a back-up battery to allow customers to exit the elevators in the case of a power failure
- Replaced all support machinery
- Installed two security cameras in each elevator cab for increased security
- Installed new communications equipment to speed up response time if there's any problem with an elevator
- New lighting in the lower mezzanine
- Redid the historic tile work in the lower mezzanine, including salvaging old tile and installing completely new tile to match
The station first opened in 1906. It is listed on the US Register of Historic Places. The platform is 102 feet below ground, or about 10 stories.